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Computer assistance in the process of creation of virtual organizations (VO) is an important condition for the possibility of having truly dynamic VOs, in response to collaboration opportunities in fast changing market contexts. A realistic approach to materialize agility in VO creation is defined with the assumption of a VO Breeding Environment (VBE) that(More)
This paper studies the design of process-innovation incentives in supplier networks. A real-life case study from the boat-building industry is presented to illustrate the importance of explicitly encouraging suppliers to continuous improvement. Motivated by the case study, we construct a game theory model trying to capture the possible conflicting interests(More)
This paper studies the licensing of standard-related patents owned by different companies. We examine a two-level licensing model where (i) the aggregated value of technology in the end product is shared among the relevant integrated technologies, and (ii) the value of each technology is shared among patent owners in proportion to the strength of their(More)
This paper describes a virtual organization (VO) partner-selection case of Virtuelle Fabrik AG, which is an operating virtual organization breeding environment (VBE). We approach the partner-selection problem through a recently developed optimization framework; therefore we also study the applicability of the framework. The results suggest that an(More)
In this paper we model the real cost structures of three customer–supplier relationships through a game theory approach. The three cases demonstrate the benefits of mutual interfirm trust in financially measurable terms. Indeed, interfirm trust can decrease the transaction costs of the relationship, thus providing competitive advantage for the partners.(More)
In this paper, we consider the problem of partner selection in a virtual organisation (VO); specifically, we develop mixed integer linear programming (MILP) models to support the configuration of VOs in a virtual organisation breeding environment (VBE). Apart from the basic model-which focuses on the minimisation of total fixed and variable costs-we present(More)
— In this paper we study how the selection of partners in a virtual organisation (VO) can be assisted through mixed integer linear programming (MILP) models. Additionally to fixed and variable costs, we present extensions that accommodate transportation costs, capacity risk-measures, and inter-organisational dependencies such as the success of past(More)