e2002 (eBusiness and eWork) Prague, Czekia

The e-2002 (eBusiness and eWork) held in Prague, Czekia on October 16-18, 2002 was the twelfth in a series of annual conferences, which attracted over 500 participants. The scope of the e2002 is based on the European initiative in New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce (Key Action 2), which is part of the European Commission’s Information Society Technologies (IST) programme.

The conference proceedings contain a total of 218 papers covering a wide range of topics relevant to the subject of the conference. Most papers concern projects of the EU Programmes. The papers are organised in 24 sections. The abstracts below report on selected papers of the sections Supply Chain Management, Virtual Organisations and Knowledge Management.

Supply Chain Management. 8 papers address the co-operation between enterprise chains or networks during the product and system life cycle. Zweegers and Eschenbaecher have investigated research topics in collaborative commerce – organisation/people, business processes and applications/technology concluding that C-commerce will enter the daily business in an evolutionary fashion. Sennheiser et al report on performance indicators for production networks, in order to find comparable partners in a network. Methodologies for co-operative rough planning in dynamic SMEs (Aits et al) and for decision support to improve logistics performance (Stich et al) are presented. Walsh et al report on enterprise wide information supply chains based on the Fractal Company concept. Several papers address ICT platform oriented issues.

Virtual Organisations. 7 papers:  Katzy and Horodyskiy report about the state of the art of Reference Architectures for Virtual Organisations, structuring the concepts into change management, network organisations, network typologies and lifecycle. The paper is considered as the foundation for creating a compendium of virtual organisation cases. In the paper of Riemer et al new roles of for dynamic network arrangements and a network business model with the notion of the management roles have been defined. The authors conclude that continuous balancing of the network as well as trust and inter-personal relationships are required. Witzcynski and Pawlak report on types of net-based engineering services in virtual organisations – for instance RosaNet - which have been identified and categorised into information, tool providing, EDI and online trading. The acceptance of these services in industry is growing. Further papers address specific application domains and IC technology developments.

Knowledge Management (KM). 13 papers: In their study on a conceptual model for capturing the intra- and inter-organisational knowledge Gupta et al have investigated the interaction in the new product introduction process and created a framework and templates to capture the relevant knowledge.  The latter are presently evaluated in industrial use cases. Further papers address KM and the supply chain, KM Life cycle models (Petropoulos), KM and performance measurement in new product development (Lettice), Organisational KM in Manufacturing Enterprises (Fischer) .

Besides the paper presentations a number of discussion fora and workshops were  held. One workshop with over 50 participants was dedicated to 'UEML Dissemination' and reported on and discussed the initial results of the UEML project.

B. Stanford-Smith, E. Chiozza and M. Edin, Eds. Challenges and Achievements in E-business and E-work, Proceedings of the e2002, Prague, Czekia, 2002-10-16/18. IOS Press ISBN 1 58603 284 4 (2002)

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