In the new global market, competitiveness and growth of industry highly rely on the move toward innovative high performance industrial systems and agile networked enterprises through the creation and consolidation of Non-Hierarchical Manufacturing Networks of multi-national SMEs in front of networks based on powerful large-scale companies.
The traditional hierarchical manufacturing networks are based on centralised models, where some of the involved actors must adapt themselves to the constraints defined by the dominant ones. Real-world experiences of such models have revealed some major problems due to the centralized vision of the supply chain and the sub-optimal performance of the centralized decision making. For current highly dynamic markets, this generates major inefficiencies in the operation of the whole supply chain.
Centralized networks performance can be significantly improved through more harmonious and equitable peer-to-peer inter-enterprise relationships, conforming a decentralised and collaborative decision making model.
The objectives of the iNet-IMS initiative are:
- Analyse the needs that arise from the interactions and relationships between SMEs belonging to Non-Hierarchical Manufacturing Networks.
- Analyse recent technological innovation trends (mainly in terms of IS and IT) to support Decentralised Decision Making.
- Analyse existing standards for information exchange to support Collaborative Processes.
- Define a Framework for Collaboration in Non-Hierarchical Manufacturing Network context.
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