Collaborative networks- A new scientific discipline

Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh

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Collaborative networks manifest in a large variety of forms, including virtual organizations, virtual enterprises, dynamic supply chains, professional virtual communities, collaborative virtual laboratories, etc. A large body of empiric knowledge related to collaborative networks is already available, but there is an urgent need to consolidate this knowledge and build the foundations for a more sustainable development of this area. The establishment of a scientific discipline for collaborative networks is a strong instrument in achieving this purpose. In this article the main characteristics of a "discipline" are analyzed in the context of collaborative networks, showing that the pre-conditions necessary for building this new discipline are available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-452
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


  • Collaborative networks
  • Professional virtual communities
  • Virtual breeding environments
  • Virtual enterprises
  • Virtual organizations


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