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Information flows and processes in a SME network

  • F. Bonfatti
  • P. D. Monari
  • R. Montanari
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT)

Abstract

The paper presents and discusses the main informational activities that take place in a network of small-medium manufacturing enterprises. The network management process is split into elementary steps, grouped according to the entity in charge of them: the network coordinating unit or the single node. The identified steps are those that ensure high reactivity of the network as a whole to customer requests, and the required autonomy and equal rights to the network nodes. The states of the network result strongly related to those of two basic informational elements: the customer order and the node task. The analysis has been carried out to provide requirements for the software tools that should support the network activities.

Keywords

Virtual enterprise SME information flow information management Esprit project 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Bonfatti
    • 1
  • P. D. Monari
    • 1
  • R. Montanari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering SciencesUniversity of ModenaModenaItaly

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