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Aligning Strategic Objectives With Organizational Processes: A Methodology for Virtual Enterprise Implementation

"Aligning Strategic Objectives With Organizational Processes: A Methodology for Virtual Enterprise Implementation," In Strategic Management of the Manufacturing Value Chain, Umit S. Bititci and Allan S. Carrie (Editors). Boston: Kluwer Academic Press, 1998 (with R. Sommer) (Finalist for best paper award at the IFIP WG 5.7 meeting). This paper addresses the regulatory, policy and organizational issues that must be pre-engineered into business processes before a virtual relationship can exist between potential partners. Our research is centered on two crucial concepts: (1) the development of a strategic Operational Virtual Enterprise Methodology that facilitates the rapid formation and reconfiguration (realignment) of organizational processes in response to an external order that necessitates the formation of a virtual organization, and (2) the implementation and validation of the Operational Virtual Enterprise Methodology in a manufacturing environment.
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