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Supply Chain

Agile Network Businesses: Collaboration, Coordination, and Competitive Advantage

Reconfigure supply chains and manufacturing systems to meet customer demands

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00

(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- In Agile Network Businesses: Collaboration, Coordination, and Competitive Advantage (CRC Press, an Auerbach Publication, 2017), author Vivek Kale enables IT managers and business decision makers to understand clearly what network businesses and enterprises are, what they can do for them, and how to realize them.

Customers in geographically dispersed markets are demanding higher quality products in a greater variety, at lower cost, and in a shorter time. Thus, enterprises have moved from a few centralized and vertically integrated facilities to geographically dispersed networks of capabilities, competencies, and resources, which are the core of network businesses. Enterprises are now constructing more fluid network businesses in which each member facility focuses on differentiation and relies increasingly on its partners, suppliers, and customers to provide the rest. Network businesses have emerged as an organizational paradigm for collaboration and coordination across loosely connected individual organizations.

This pragmatic book:
• Introduces network solutions and distributed systems that are a first step toward enabling a network enterprise
• Gives a detailed description of networks and agent systems that have paved the road to network enterprises
• Describes the basics of service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, and big data that are essential to network enterprises
• Details the distinguishing aspects of network enterprises, which include virtual enterprises, management of network enterprises, and collaborative network enterprises
• Covers such major application areas as supply, manufacturing, e-business, platform, and social and wireless sensor networks
• Introduces decision networks in the context of supply chain networks

Kale reinterprets the traditional supply chain in terms of the flow of decisions, information, and materials, which leads to reconfiguring the traditional supply chain network into mutually separate decision networks (e.g., fourth-party logistics), information networks (e.g., wireless sensor networks), and logistics networks (e.g., third-party logistics).

“A highly readable and yet comprehensive book on network businesses that have become governable with the advent of cloud and big data computing. Vivek Kale is a master of simplifying the complex world of network theory and its relevance to business.”
—Jagdish N. Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Emory University

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