Control of complexity in virtual organizations : the role of enterprise modelling

R.J. Kusters, J.C. Wortmann

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In general it can be staled that re-design and optimisation of a (virtuaI) enterprise is not facilitated but hindered by infonnation systems. Too much of lhe 'way of working' of the existing situalion is tixed in the existing systems to aJlow for easy changes. This problem is reinforeed by the requiremenls for differentiation between similar but not identical business processes that further emphasize the need for increased flexibility, and the problems as caused by the current generation if enterprise information systems. Adequale redcsign of both the business processes of a (virtual) organization and the associated infonnation systems requires enterprise modelling. In this paper we will, based on experiences gained in the area of product data modelling, develop a number of requirements for enterprise modelling methodologies. reference architectures, and languages. In this we will mainly focus on the areas of semantics, dynamics and complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative systems for production management : IFIP TC5 / WG5.7, 8th international conference on advances in production management systems, September 8-13, 2002, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
EditorsH.S. Jagdev, J.C. Wortmann, H.-J. Pels
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1-4020-7542-1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


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