Isabel Besembel

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The holonic system paradigm derives from the word “Holon” that was coined by Arthur Koestler (Kloester, 1967), and it comes from the composition of the Greek word "holos" that means “the whole” and the suffix "-on" that indicates part. According to Koestler, every holon has the same structure, that is stable, coherent and its components has the same(More)
Organization of a project within an Enterprise network raises several key issues in terms of decision and execution control. The distributed nature of the network requires a high level of autonomy in taking decisions and executing tasks, while operational efficiency calls for an optimal use of human and physical resources, and for efficient coordination(More)
In continuous production networks such as oil fields, global optimization requires to optimize not only production mechanisms, but also scheduling mechanisms for continuous flows of products through the different units that belong to the production complex. Two functions must be performed in order to efficiently operate a production network: coordination to(More)
The development of integrated automation systems for continuous production plants is a very complicated process. A variety of factors must be taken into account, such as their different components (e.g., production units control systems, planning systems, financial systems, etc.), the interaction among them, and their different behavior (continuous or(More)
The successful application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in an enterprise depends on the implanted processes for managing such technologies. We consider that the use of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) concept for organizing these technologies into a framework would allow us to achieve a better ICT - business alignment. This article(More)
The successful application of Information Technologies (IT) in an organization depends on the business processes used for managing such technologies. It is widely recognized that the use of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) practice for organizing these technologies into a framework is a key factor for achieving a better IT business alignment. This article(More)
Holonic networks constitute a type of organizational structures widely used at manufacturing enterprises. In an educational context, however, this type of structures remains practically unknown. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the applicability of these organizational structures to the design of professional training programs. Thus, we have(More)