Towards an architecture for virtual enterprises

L. M. Camarinha-Matos, H. Afsarmanesh, C. Garita, C. Lima

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An approach to the design of an architecture for industrial virtual enterprises (VE), with special emphasis on the identification of main functional requirements, is presented. First, a discussion of the various types of virtual enterprises is provided. Some classification scenarios and discussions of the modelling and reengineering tools and methodologies are described. Due to the importance of the information flows and management in the VE, one section is merely devoted to the analysis of the appropriateness of a federated information management approach. This work is based on and represents the ongoing activities in two European Union funded projects; the Esprit PRODNET II and the INCO-DC SCM+ projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-199
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Information systems
  • Supply chain management
  • Virtual enterprise


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