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Current Trends in Modeling Inter-Organizational Cooperation

Antonia Albani & Jan L. G. Dietz

abstract Purpose Modern enterprises face a strong economical pressure to increase competitiveness, to operate on a global market, and to engage in alliances of several kinds. In order to meet the requirements and challenges of participating in such alliances, companies must be able to cooperate effectively and efficiently. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of some major directions in inter-organizational cooperation.Design/methodology/approach In order to cope with the challenges of inter-organizational cooperation, to share innovative research issues and to facilitate profound discussions about them, the authors organized a series of workshops on Modeling Inter-Organizational Systems (MIOS-CIAO!) starting at the annual OTM Federated Conference and Continuing at the Annual CAiSE Conference. This paper summarizes the results of the workshops.Findings This paper provides an overview of what has been established and what is going on regarding the cooperation of enterprises in networks. The focus has been on the modeling of cooperation, from the business level down to the implementation level. Practical implications This overview is a useful source of knowledge for those who want to have a quick insight in the relevant aspects of cooperation, and in many well-known modeling approaches and techniques. It is also an inspiring source for those who want to investigate yet unsolved or unsatisfactorily solved problems. Although developments, both in theory and in practice, will go on, no landslides are expected. Particularly for practice, the value of this report will therefore last for a considerable time.Originality/value Several core notions in the area of inter-organizational cooperation are clarified, such as collaboration, cooperation, enterprise network, choreography, and orchestration. The whole process of developing or investigating an enterprise network is covered.Keywords Business enterprise, Networking, Process efficiency, Strategic alliances
   
type journal paper
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 01-04-2009
journal Journal Of Enterprise Information Management
volume of journal 22
number of issue 3
page(s) 275-297
review not reviewed
   
citation Albani, A., & Dietz, J. L. G. (2009). Current Trends in Modeling Inter-Organizational Cooperation. Journal Of Enterprise Information Management, 22(3), 275-297.