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Non-hierarchical Collaboration in Dynamic Business Communities

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-15961-9_73 Conference: Collaborative Networks for a Sustainable World - 11th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2010, St. Etienne, France, October 11-13, 2010. Proceedings
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A business community where communication can be streamlined, information shared and trust can be built can be considered as
a collaborative network promoting SMEs long term sustainability by assuring quick response, fast time to market, differentiated
offerings and competitive prices. This collaboration could be orchestrated both in hierarchical and non-hierarchical forms
depending on the firms size, capacity and objectives. In this research, we have considered non-hierarchical networking among
firms, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), where the basic requirements are related with choosing appropriate
business partners, building trust and sharing valuable information among them. In order to articulate the concept of this
non-hierarchical collaboration, six pilot SMEs were analyzed and a methodological approach to manage these environments is
proposed. A generic overview of different variables or factors necessary to build such business collaboration are presented
and discussed critically in this study.

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