Cooperation coordination in virtual enterprises

Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, C. Pantoja-Lima

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Coordination of activities is a determinant element in virtual enterprises. Proper coordination policies supported by flexible coordination mechanisms are necessary to ensure the cooperation among partner enterprises. This paper presents the PRODNET approach to support coordination in virtual enterprises. The adopted model considers on flexibility and configurability as the key aspects to cope with the large diversity of expectable scenarios and operating policies in the virtual enterprise environment. A workflow based approach for coordination is described and especial emphasis is put on a multi-level coordination view. The developed software modules that support the coordination mechanisms are presented, and finally some directions for further research are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-150
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001


  • Coordination
  • Distributed business processes
  • Virtual enterprise
  • Workflow


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