Title: On the classification and management of Virtual Organisation Breeding Environments

Authors: Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Luis M. Camarinha-Matos

Addresses: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ' New University of Lisbon, Uninova, Portugal

Abstract: Wide variety of domains and applications have identified the need for collaboration among heterogeneous, autonomous and geographically disperse organisations. Virtual Organisations (VOs) represent a main form of network for goal-oriented and opportunity driven collaborations. Effective creation of dynamic VOs requires proper breeding environments. After introducing the base for collaborative-networked organisations, the concept of breeding environment for virtual organisations is presented, key elements of this environment are identified, and a semi-typology is established. Furthermore, the requirements for a Virtual organisations Breeding Environment (VBE) support management system are addressed, identifying its initial information/knowledge modelling needs and functionalities, towards a new generation of information systems for collaborative environments.

Keywords: collaborative networks; virtual organisations; breeding environments; VBE management; VBE challenges; VBE competency management; VBE trust management; information technology; technology management; information management; collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2009.024604

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2009 Vol.8 No.3, pp.234 - 259

Published online: 10 Apr 2009 *

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