A TOC Perspective to Improve the Management of Collaborative Networks
Collaborative networks are typically assumed to bring clear benefits and competitive advantage to the participating members. On the other hand, since the networks are typically formed by heterogeneous and autonomous enterprises, it is natural that each member has its own culture and set of interest. As result, the development of methodologies to facilitate the management process during the operation phase of a virtual enterprise (VE) is an important element for the wide adoption of this paradigm. Departing from a brief presentation of the Theory of Constraints this paper introduces an approach of these concepts to collaborative networks and discusses its potential application in the context of a (VE). To conclude, experimental results based on data from a collaborative network are presented and discussed.