Negotiating and enacting contracts for business networks
Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society volume 13, pages 7–26 (2007)
Flexibility is a major issue in business today and one answer to that is to organize work in networks of companies rather than within a single business. Cooperation between organizations is more easily established and adapted than reorganization of internal company structures. But how do we manage flexibility in such a network without sacrificing the minimum stability that is required for economic success? We suggest a method for coordinating interaction in a business network that provides three levels of flexibility: local ad-hoc change, global negotiated change and planned change. This method is based on the negotiation and enactment of process-based interorganizational contracts.
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