Title: A systemic methodology via system dynamics for a virtual enterprise architecture constructing wireless payments

Authors: Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos, Anastasis N. Riggas, Konstantinos D. Karropoulos

Addresses: Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli & Dimitriou 80, Piraeus 185 34, Greece. ' Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli & Dimitriou 80, Piraeus 185 34, Greece. ' Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli & Dimitriou 80, Piraeus 185 34, Greece

Abstract: A Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a temporary alliance of member companies, which join to take advantage of a market opportunity. VE will possess almost no employees or inventory resources. Each member company will provide its own core competencies. The focus of this paper, is the analysis of an architecture of a VE that constructs wireless payments with the use of the systemic Problem Structuring Methodology (PSM) via System Dynamics. In this approach, the computational software package I-Think. was used. I-Think. is a scientific and practical tool of simulation of System Dynamics, for the development and analysis of business models and processes. First PSM is used for the initial conceptual planning and then I-Think. is used to simulate all the extreme and smooth situations of the VE life cycle. The results from this analysis are being shown on a new PSM schema, including all possible types of communication between the participants.

Keywords: virtual enterprise; VE; problem structuring methodology; PSM; system dynamics; wireless payments; simulation; learning; change; business process integration; business process management; BPM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2006.010976

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.362 - 376

Published online: 24 Sep 2006 *

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