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Taticchi P, Garengo P, Nudurupati SS, et al., 2015, A review of decision-support tools and performance measurement and sustainable supply chain management, International Journal of Production Research, Vol: 53, Pages: 6473-6494, ISSN: 0020-7543
In recent years, interest on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has risen significantly in both the academic and business communities. This is confirmed by the growing number of conferences, journal publications, special issues and websites dedicated to the topic. Within this context, this paper reviews the existing literature related to decision-support tools and performance measurement for SSCM. A narrative literature review is carried out to capture qualitative evidence, while a systematic literature review is performed using classic bibliometric techniques to analyse the relevant body of knowledge identified in 384 papers published from 2000 to 2013. The key conclusions include: the evidence of a research field that is growing, the call for establishing the scope of current research, i.e. the need for integrated performance frameworks with new generation decision-support tools incorporating triple bottom line (TBL) approach for managing sustainable supply chains. There is a need to identify a wide range of specific industry-related TBL metrics and indexes, and assess their usefulness through empirical research and case-base analysis. We need mixed methods to thoroughly analyse and investigate sustainable aspects of the product life cycle across the supply chains, through empirical evidence, building and/or testing theory from and in practice.
Slowak AP, Taticchi P, 2015, Technology, policy and management for carbon reduction: A critical and global review with insights on the role played by the Chinese Academy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol: 103, Pages: 601-619, ISSN: 0959-6526
The development of new technologies and techniques for industrial carbon reduction has risen to prominence in contemporary engineering and economics studies, a trend triggered by rising levels of concern regarding climate change. Within this context, the scientific literature puts emphasis on energy topics and energy policy. Studies from the social science, economics and management science perspectives would benefit from a coherent and recognized taxonomy of the subthemes, a taxonomy that spans disciplines and guides studies of the carbon reduction and technology (CRT) debate in the various industrial sectors. This paper identifies and analyses the existing body of literature; it systematically reviews a set of 3310 scholarly contributions. The study also conducts a semantic social network analysis from that dataset's keywords, identifying promising core themes. Findings include the need for more management research in this field, the need for an interdisciplinary research agenda. We also observe a growing contribution of the Chinese academy to this complex and diversified debate.
Formentini M, Taticchi P, 2014, Corporate sustainability approaches and governance mechanisms in sustainable supply chain management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol: 112, Pages: 1920-1933, ISSN: 0959-6526
The role of governance from a sustainable supply chain management perspective is receiving more attention from scholars and practitioners. However, several aspects still remain unclear including how corporate sustainability approaches are implemented and aligned with governance mechanisms at the supply chain level. With the aim of filling this gap in the literature, an empirical investigation is proposed by analysing seven case studies through the lenses of contingency theory, the strategic alignment perspective and the resource-based view of organisations. Findings include the characterisation of three sustainability profiles, namely sustainability leaders, sustainability practitioners and traditionalists; a classification of the governance mechanisms on the basis of their level of collaboration and formalisation; the identification of factors that enable governance mechanisms. The empirical results are useful to practitioners seeking to implement sustainability initiatives at the supply chain level, and to scholars for further theory development and refinement.
Taticchi P, Garengo P, Nudurupati SS, et al., 2014, A review of decision-support tools and performance measurement and sustainable supply chain management, International Journal of Production Research, ISSN: 0020-7543
In recent years, interest on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has risen significantly in both the academic and business communities. This is confirmed by the growing number of conferences, journal publications, special issues and websites dedicated to the topic. Within this context, this paper reviews the existing literature related to decision-support tools and performance measurement for SSCM. A narrative literature review is carried out to capture qualitative evidence, while a systematic literature review is performed using classic bibliometric techniques to analyse the relevant body of knowledge identified in 384 papers published from 2000 to 2013. The key conclusions include: the evidence of a research field that is growing, the call for establishing the scope of current research, i.e. the need for integrated performance frameworks with new generation decision-support tools incorporating triple bottom line (TBL) approach for managing sustainable supply chains. There is a need to identify a wide range of specific industry-related TBL metrics and indexes, and assess their usefulness through empirical research and case-base analysis. We need mixed methods to thoroughly analyse and investigate sustainable aspects of the product life cycle across the supply chains, through empirical evidence, building and/or testing theory from and in practice. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Taticchi P, Tonelli F, Pasqualino R, 2013, Performance measurement of sustainable supply chains: A literature review and a research agenda, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol: 62, Pages: 782-804, ISSN: 1741-0401
– The purpose of this paper is to develop the body of knowledge in the area of sustainable supply chains by providing a critical literature review in the field of sustainable supply chain performance measurement (SSCPM) and suggesting paths for future research. – At a macro level, the evolution of the research field is analysed with the use of citation and co-citation analysis techniques. Further, the evolution of research on performance measurement (PM), supply chain PM, sustainability measurement and SSCPM is presented so as to highlight the criticalities of the research field. – The paper highlights a research field that is immature, but is growing very fast. Moreover, key issues are highlighted in order to help scholars in planning future research. – The research presented in this paper is mainly limited to work that is referred directly with PM, operations management and supply chain management. Related research, such as literature on strategy or accounting has only been partially considered, even if future researches could include it. – Research in this area is receiving large attention from both academic and practitioners due to the significant relevance of the sustainability debate and the key role of supply chains in this discussion. The body of knowledge is yet immature, and the paper provides an updated state of the art, a critical analysis of the available literature and guidelines for future research. © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tonelli F, Paolucci M, Anghinolfi D, et al., 2013, Production planning of mixed-model assembly lines: A heuristic mixed integer programming based approach, Production Planning and Control, Vol: 24, Pages: 110-127, ISSN: 0953-7287
Process technology capabilities are becoming increasingly important as flexible manufacturing continues to be more prevalent, and as competition compels companies to provide expanded variety, at ever lower cost, so introducing plant and processes technological constraints. Model flexibility can also benefit from an appropriate production planning process, especially concerning mixed-model assembly lines, since it can facilitate master scheduling and line balancing activities, which are essential aspects of flexibility. Robust and practical planning approaches have to take into account two different aspects: the first consists in ensuring that the elaborated aggregate plan can be disaggregated into at least one detailed feasible plan for the realised demand, whereas the second in ensuring that this detailed plan is feasible at the operational level. This article faces the model flexibility challenge, reviewing and discussing the planning problem of a real world assembly manufacturing system, producing high volume and a variety of agricultural tractors and machines, analysing and resolving some important issues related to technological, organisational and managerial constraints. This article illustrates the implementation of an Advanced Planning System integrated with a mixed integer-programming model, which is solved by a new iterative heuristic approach capable of achieving interesting planning improvements for model-flexibility management. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Taticchi P, Cagnazzo L, Beach R, et al., 2012, A management framework for organisational networks: A case study, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol: 23, Pages: 593-614, ISSN: 1741-038X
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to draw on the experiences of a real company to develop a framework of management processes for an organizational network model that has enabled a network of enterprises to develop new levels of organizational flexibility, particularly with regards to improving the network's capacity to innovate. Design/methodology/approach: A longitudinal case study of an Italian enterprise network forms the basis of the analysis described in this paper. Findings: The key operational and organizational activities of the principal agent in a novel organizational network model known as the Virtual Development Office (VDO) are identified and discussed. Research limitations/implications: The (VDO) concept is identified as a realistic and practical means of leveraging the competences of an enterprise network to achieve competitive advantage. However, more empirical data are required before the concepts described herein can be generalised more widely. Practical implications: The small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) is a major contributor to the European economy. However, the constraints that these organizations operate under mean that they are often at a competitive disadvantage. The organizational network model outlined in this paper can assist in leveraging their capacity to innovate. Originality/value: Research in collaborative networks has become increasingly important given the significant impact it can have on competitiveness. This paper demonstrates a framework of management processes for a novel organizational network model that facilitates collaboration amongst networks of SMEs. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Taticchi P, Cagnazzo L, Santantonio M, et al., 2010, A framework for performance measurement and management based on axiomatic design and analytical hierarchy process, Business Performance Measurement and Management: New Contexts, Themes and Challenges, Pages: 229-240, ISBN: 9783642047992
Performance measurement and management (PMM) is a key practice to drive modern businesses. The literature available in this field highlights a certain maturity regarding performance measurement systems, while few frameworks have been proposed for PMM, which is today target. This paper presents a new framework for PMM, namely Business System Design Decomposition (BSDD), based on the strengths of the Axiomatic Design (AD) and the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) techniques. The BSDD framework, offers a holistic approach to PMM, identifies cause-effects relationships in business processes, measures the performance versus stakeholders and offers interlinking between performance indicators. The result, is a deep understanding of the business environment and a real step forward PMM. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Taticchi P, Asfalti A, Sole F, 2010, Performance measurement and management in smes: Discussion of preliminar results from an Italian survey, Business Performance Measurement and Management: New Contexts, Themes and Challenges, Pages: 3-11, ISBN: 9783642047992
Performance measurement and management (PMM) is a topic of increasing interest both in the academic and industrial ambits. While a large number of frameworks, case studies and surveys are available for large enterprises, little research has focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs). As a consequence of that, little knowledge exist about the SME adoption of performance measurement systems, their use of financial and not financial indicators, the benefits in terms of strategy implementation and alignment. This paper present and discuss the preliminary results obtained from a survey research carried out within Italian SMEs. Interesting remarks are highlighted in terms of PMM diffusion, best practices and benefits in SMEs. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Mastrandrea F, Taticchi P, 2010, A performance measurement system for racing teams: An exploratory study in an unresearched context, Business Performance Measurement and Management: New Contexts, Themes and Challenges, Pages: 75-87, ISBN: 9783642047992
Performance measurement and management is a topic of increasing interest both in the business and academic environment. The literature is today quite vast and particularly focused on the development of frameworks and metrics for large companies, and secondly for small and medium enterprises. This paper presents the topic of performance measurement in application to a particular business, such as that of racing teams. By relying on a deep comprehension of racing team processes and organization, a performance measurement system is presented based on the value chain scheme. This paper, based on an action research, explores the application of performance measurement in an unresearched context. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Cagnazzo L, Taticchi P, Fuiano F, 2010, Benefits, barriers and pitfalls coming from the ISO 9000 implementation: The impact on business performances, WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, Vol: 7, Pages: 311-321, ISSN: 1109-9526
Total quality management is from a decade an important and useful organizational system for increasing companies' competitiveness, by optimizing processes with a particular focus on the customer. Among all the methodologies, ISO 9000 certification is one of the most common and recognized approaches for the benefits of the companies that decide to implement it. Several studies have been conducted in literature, presenting some important impacts of the ISO 9000 on the companies' performances. Due to the vast number of works, a classification of the main impacts of ISO 9000 on the principle business performances is needed. The findings coming from the literature review analysis are therefore validated through a survey extended at 366 companies. The resulting information of the investigation are coherent with those studied in literature, even if some key aspects are extremely focused on a restricted set of impact areas. The investigation allow the author to identify the main impacting dimensions of ISO 9000 on the performances of the companies. Moreover the barriers and pitfalls for a successful ISO 9000 certification are presented, furnishing details for overcome these issues.
Cagnazzo L, Taticchi P, 2010, Six sigma for big companies and SMEs: Evidences from literature, WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, Vol: 7, Pages: 295-310, ISSN: 1109-9526
Six Sigma (SS) methodology is nowadays one of the most used approaches in the Quality Management field since its benefits, coming from the improvement of the process outputs quality by identifying and removing the causes of defects and variability in manufacturing and business processes. Thus, literature on the SS topic is exponentially increased during last decades; the vast number of works on the SS field represents a good opportunity for a structured literature review of the articles, in order to understand the evolutions of the concept, the fields of its application and possible evolution for further studies. The literature review has been carried out by using a chronological review of the main SS approaches developed both for large and small companies, in order to highlight particular aspects of the SS literature and some applications of the SS methodology. The evaluation of the papers found in literature is carried out through a Strengths-Weaknesses criterion. Moreover, for those treating the application of the SS methodology into both big companies both Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), an assessment has been carried out based on the accordance with some milestones identified as necessary for every SS system.Finally the paper argues the possible further developments of the research field.
Mosca M, Tonelli F, Revetria R, et al., 2010, Strategic business process insourcing: Insights of an action research in the railway sector, WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, Vol: 7, Pages: 136-148, ISSN: 1109-9526
The academic literature on Business Process Outsourcing is relevant, offering a well-structured background and very interesting case studies. By the other hand, little research effort has been performed for Business Process Insourcing, which in contrast to the traditional view of outsourcing, where the outsourcer and vendor are separate players, sets the delegation of a pull of operations to a co-shared, but stand-alone, business entity that specializes in that operations. Thus, managers and experts, considering BPI strategies, are claiming for rigorous methodologies to support this critical transition in a practical way. In this paper, insights from an action research, in relation to a BPI strategy chosen by a multinational organization operating in the railway sector (Bombardier Transportation, BT) is reported. According to this strategy, the creation and starting phases of an engineering centre, co-shared by BT and Infotech (a selected Indian engineering services vendor), namely BTECI (Bombardier Transportation Engineering Centre India), are analyzed and reported. The knowledge contribution of this work is about the empirical evidence of a set of methodologies and tools useful to a BPI implementation strategy through the clear evidence of hidden problems and potential implementation pitfalls.
Taticchi P, Tonelli F, Cagnazzo L, 2010, Performance measurement and management: A literature review and a research agenda, Measuring Business Excellence, Vol: 14, Pages: 4-18, ISSN: 1368-3047
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the literature in the field of performance measurement and management (PMM) for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large companies and propose a research agenda for the future. Design/methodology/approach – This paper provides an update of Neely's work “The evolution of performance measurement research” The literature review has been carried out by using two different methodologies. Citation/co-citation analysis has been used to explore “performance measurement” (PM) literature, while a chronological review of main frameworks/models developed both for large and small companies is presented in order to highlight “PMM” literature. Findings – The paper analyzes the literature on the field and carries out the most cited works and the common characteristics of them based on the key words used. The results of the literature review reveal a certain maturity of the literature related to large companies and a significant lack of PMM literature for SMEs. Finally the paper argues the development and evolution of the research field that is now entering a phase of new directions. These new directions can be conceptualized in three ways – by context, by theme and by challenge. Research limitations/implications – The research presented in the paper is limited to work that is referred directly with performance measurement and management. Related research – such as literature on management control and accounting – has not been considered, even if future researches could include it. Originality/value – The paper extends Neely's work under two dimensions: the research field evolution from 2005 to 2008 and the investigation of the “performance management” dimension. The paper will be valuable to scholars working in the field of business performance measurement and management, interested in the literature evolution and in identifying futur
Cagnazzo L, Taticchi P, Brun A, 2010, The role of performance measurement systems to support quality improvement initiatives at supply chain level, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol: 59, Pages: 163-185, ISSN: 1741-0401
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss which are the most important critical success factors (CSFs) to be attained for determining whether a group of companies in a supply chain (SC) is prepared to undergo a qualitative improvement initiative (QII). By answering four critical research questions, the paper focuses on the role of performance measurement systems (PMSs) as a CSF to support QII and discusses which PMS is more appropriate for the different SC context existing in the new economy. Design/methodology/approach: The methodology adopted in this research relies on different approaches. In order to evaluate the readiness of a company in the SC to start a QII, the authors propose a checklist of CSFs defined through a literature review. Further, to evaluate the impact of PMSs to support QII at the SC level, the authors review PMS literature and discuss the characteristics of the various PMS available. Last, in order to select the best PMS to support the QII of companies belonging to different SC, the authors propose a classification matrix based on the SC characteristics. Findings: The main findings of this research is the understanding of the PMS role in supporting QII at SC level. Research limitations/implications: The research presented in this paper needs to be validated through the use of case studies, in order to optimize the methodology proposed. Practical implications: This paper offers to academics, managers and practitioners a structured methodology to select the right PMS to support QII in specific SC contexts. Originality/value: Few researches are available exploring the correlation between PMS and QII, especially in particular collaborative environments such as SCs. As a consequence, the methodology and findings of this paper add value to the existing body of knowledge and offer good insights for addressing future research. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Desideri U, Proietti S, Sdringola P, et al., 2010, Integrated approach to a multifunctional complex: Sustainable design, building solutions and certifications, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol: 21, Pages: 659-679, ISSN: 1477-7835
Purpose: The achievement of sustainable architectures, including control of energy relations between climate and built environment, in order to optimize energy consumption and reduce environmental impact, requires an integrated planning dealing with a multi-scale and integral view of building-plant system. The purpose of this paper is to describe the design of a multifunctional complex, namely "Solaria". Design/methodology/approach: The proposed integrated approach focuses on comfort and healthy living, sustainability of building process, containment of energy consumption and use of renewable energy sources. The building object of this research has been designed including: a high-efficiency tri-generation plant (525kW of electric power) coupled with a distribution network for district heating/cooling; a photovoltaic generation system with 20kW of peak power and solar thermal panels for sanitary hot water production (able to supply over 50 per cent of needs); and passive solar systems (solar greenhouses and "heat cushions") equipped with sliding brise-soleils. Findings: The proposed integrated design approach has enabled the achievement of important results, such as the avoidance of CO2 emissions, equal to nearly 500 tons per year. Moreover, energetic and environmental-achievements have been certified by using various methodologies. Finally, environmental and costs analyses have been carried out in order to compare the proposed approach with traditional ones. Originality/value: The case study proposed in this research represents a repeatable and practical application of European Directives on the energy performance of buildings (2002/91/EC) and energy end-use efficiency and energy services (2006/32/EC). As a consequence, this research adds to the current body of knowledge. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Mosca M, Tonelli F, Revetria R, et al., 2009, Strategic outsourcing of engineering and technical documentation to India: An experience from a company leader in the railway sector, Pages: 343-348
Scope of this paper is to report an applied research for transferring different key European Projects related to Vehicle Engineering and Technical Documentation to a major Indian Outsourcing Company performing engineering activities. This research was conducted by a Multinational Company, leader in the railway sector, for economical reasons and considering the labor cost as the primary driver. Hourly rate negotiated with India Outsourcing Company is about ratio one to seven compared to the European average. Aim of this research was the analysis of the phases that led to the decision to outsource, including an extended analysis of the potential risks identified and the related mitigation actions proposed. The proposed approach required, to one of the Authors, more journeys to India to visit the Supplier at all levels from the top and middle management, to each engineer department, including a deep audit of all the working processes and the technologies used. Key factor for success was a Project of Integration between the two Companies in order to harmonize the European processes and systems across the different countries with the Indian ones, to develop clear tools, protocols and rules for a clear communication and making people collaboration effective. Due to the results of this research the Internal Engineering Department of the Multinational Company was strongly resized, in a three years period, by releasing up to several European engineers per country. This provided the Company with exceptional yearly savings to reach the competitiveness needed on the market, and allowed to a selected pool of European engineers to lead India Outsourcer effectively, while focusing on the core Engineering business. The paper reports quantitative results only for Technical Documentation project due to not disclosure agreement clauses.
Taticchi P, Tonelli F, Cagnazzo L, 2009, A Decomposition and hierarchical approach for business performance measurement and management, Measuring Business Excellence, Vol: 13, Pages: 47-57, ISSN: 1368-3047
Purpose: Performance measurement and management (PMM) is a key practice to drive modern businesses. The literature available in this field highlights a certain maturity regarding performance measurement systems, while few frameworks have been proposed for PMM, which is today's target. Hence this paper aims to focus on the development of a new framework for providing direction and guidance to an organization in measuring and managing its performance. Design/methodology/approach: The proposed framework is developed based on the strengths of the axiomatic design (AD) and the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) techniques. Findings: The framework proposed, namely "Business System Design Decomposition" (BSDD), offers a holistic approach to PMM, identifies cause-effect relationships in business processes, measures performance versus stakeholders, and offers interlinking between performance indicators. The result is a deep understanding of the business environment and a real step forward for PMM. Research limitations/implications: The proposed framework for PMM needs to be validated through an empirical approach or by a clinical approach utilizing a case study. Practical implications: The paper offers to academics, managers and practitioners a framework to understand, measure and manage business performance. Moreover, the application of the framework represents a learning process for the people involved in the project. Originality/value: Little research is available regarding holistic performance measurement and management systems and the understanding of quantitative relations between performance indicators. By combining two existing methodologies, the framework proposed adds value to the existing body of knowledge and offers good insights for addressing future research. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Tonelli F, Taticchi P, Sue ES, 2009, A framework for assessment and implementation of product-service systems strategies: Learning from an action research in the health-care sector, WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, Vol: 6, Pages: 303-319, ISSN: 1109-9526
Product-Service Systems (PSS) are new business strategies moving and extending the product value towards its functional usage and related required services. From a theoretical point of view the PSS concept is known since a decade and many Authors reported reasonable possible success factors: higher profits over the entire life-cycle, diminished environmental burden, and localization of required services. Many researchers reported very interesting experiments in large enterprises, typically specialized in functional goods production, while only few researches have been performed for small and medium enterprises (SME). From the flexibility point of view, SMEs seem to be facilitated in approaching a PSS business strategy, thanks to the rapid re-organization of their value-chain/supply-chain (VC/SC), but, on the other hand, requiring a structured, and interrelated approach in order to assess and implement such a strategy. This paper presents the learning from an action research (AR) in the health-care sector. AR has been used in order to experience a PSS initiative and therefore define, develop, and test a complete framework for assessing and implementing PSS strategies. Reflection on the story in the light of the experience and the theory is presented, as well as extrapolation to a broader context and articulation of usable knowledge.
Cagnazzo L, Taticchi P, Bidini G, et al., 2009, Collaborative procurement within enterprise networks: A literature review, a reference framework and a case study, Pages: 351-360, ISSN: 1868-4238
Collaboration among companies is nowadays a success leverage from those involved, especially for SMEs. The networking advantages are several and among them, reducing costs is a critical one. Costs reduction due to the possibility of Collaborative Procurement (CP) among partners is one of the most important achievements in a network. While the literature available offers good bases for managing single contractor procurement issues, little research addresses the case of CP within Enterprise Networks (ENs). This paper explore the mentioned issue and proposes a general framework for managing CP in ENs, those with the Virtual Development Office (VDO) structure. The findings from the application of the framework proposed in an Italian network are highlighted so as to provide preliminary results and drive future research. © 2009 IFIP.
Cagnazzo L, Taticchi P, Bidini G, et al., 2009, Analyzing enterprise networks needs: Action research from the mechatronics sector, Pages: 79-87, ISSN: 1868-4238
New business models and theories are developing nowadays towards collaborative environments direction, and many new tools in sustaining companies involved in these organizations are emerging. Among them, a plethora of methodologies to analyze their needs are already developed for single companies. Few academic works are available about Enterprise Networks (ENs) need analysis. This paper presents the learning from an action research (AR) in the mechatronics sector: AR has been used in order to experience the issue of evaluating network needs and therefore define, develop, and test a complete framework for network evaluation. Reflection on the story in the light of the experience and the theory is presented, as well as extrapolation to a broader context and articulation of usable knowledge. © 2009 IFIP.
Taticchi P, Tonelli F, Hernandez E, et al., 2009, Implementation of a Knowledge Management tool within a VDO network: Preliminary results, WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, Vol: 6, Pages: 53-62, ISSN: 1109-9526
This paper presents a Knowledge Management (KM) software tool which has been designed to support managing implementation of best practices and improvement initiatives within a VDO (Virtual Development Office) Network. A VDO Network is an organization integrated by SMEs, with a particular form of governance. Furthermore, the KM tool enables building a knowledge base of key capabilities available to a VDO to support decision-making and responding effectively to new business opportunities. KM tool acts not only as a repository for knowledge pertaining to improvement initiatives, but it also drives SMEs to apply and share that knowledge within the wider VDO Enterprise Network. The availability of KM tools for SMEs is rare. This is more evident for Enterprise Networks. The KM tool can be easily modified to address better the requirements of the user (VDO) due to its flexible architecture.
Botarelli M, Taticchi P, Cagnazzo L, 2008, The virtual development office framework for business networks: A case study from the Umbrian Packaging District, Pages: 611-618, ISSN: 1571-5736
The globalization of competition has entailed that organizations of developed countries have to face new kinds of competitors with low labor cost and often advantageous exchange rates (resulting in favorable export selling prices). In such a scenario, innovation and organizational flexibility are becoming fundamental levers to enable enterprises to increase their competitiveness. for this reason, the need arises of an organizational methodology that enables organizational flexibility and capacity of performing innovation. Our recipe consists of the concept of network enterprises, to enable organizational flexibility, and the formalization of the VDO concept - Virtual Development Office - to enable innovation in a collaborative environment. © 2008 International Federation for Information Processing.
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