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Agile Network Businesses
Collaboration, Coordination, and Competitive Advantage





ISBN 9781032476759
Published January 21, 2023 by Auerbach Publications
498 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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"A highly readable and yet comprehensive book on network businesses that have become governable with the advent of cloud and big data computing. Vivek Kale is a master of simplifying the complex world of network theory and its relevance to business."
—Jagdish N. Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Emory University



Agile Network Businesses: Collaboration, Coordination, and Competitive Advantage reflects the shift from traditional networks to virtual and agile networks that enable businesses to operate dynamically, thereby representing markets more closely. This book enables IT managers and business decision-makers to understand clearly what network businesses and enterprises are, what they can do for them, and how to realize them.



Customers in geographically dispersed markets are demanding higher quality products in a greater variety, at lower cost, and in a shorter time. Thus, enterprises have moved from a few centralized and vertically integrated facilities to geographically dispersed networks of capabilities, competencies and resources, which are the core of network businesses. Enterprises are now constructing more fluid network businesses in which each member facility focuses on differentiation and relies increasingly on its partners, suppliers, and customers to provide the rest. Network businesses have emerged as an organizational paradigm for collaboration and coordination across loosely connected individual organizations.



This pragmatic book:







  • Introduces network solutions and distributed systems that are a first step towards enabling a network enterprise. It also gives a detailed description of networks and agent system that have paved the road to network enterprises.


  • Describes the basics of service-oriented architecture (SOA), cloud computing, and big data that are essential to network enterprises.


  • Details the distinguishing aspects of network enterprises, which include virtual enterprises, management of network enterprises, and collaborative network enterprises.


  • Covers such major application areas as supply, manufacturing, e-business, platform, social and wireless sensor networks.


  • Introduces decision networks in the context of supply chain networks




This book reinterprets the traditional supply chain in terms of the flow of decisions, information, and materials, which leads to reconfiguring the traditional supply chain network into mutually separate decision networks (e.g., fourth-party logistics or 4PL), information networks (e.g., wireless sensor networks), and logistics networks (e.g., third-party logistics or 3PL).

Table of Contents

List of Figures



List of Tables



Preface



Acknowledgments



Author



Other Books by Vivek Kale



1 Smart Enterprises



2 Business Networks



Section I GENE SIS OF NETWORK BUSINESSES



3 Computer Networks



4 Distributed Systems



Section II ROAD TO NETWORK BUSINESSES



5 Systems Science, Complexity, and Networks



6 Enterprise Networks



7 Agent Systems



8 Cloud Computing



9 Big Data Computing and Graph Databases



Section III NET WORK BUSINE SSES



10 Network Enterprises



11 Management of Network Enterprises



12 Collaborative Network Enterprises



Section IV NETWORK BUSINE SES EXAMPLES



13 Supplier Networks



14 Manufacturing Network Enterprises



15 e-Business Networks



16 Platform Networks



17 Social Networks



18 Wireless Sensor Networks



Epilogue



Bibliography



Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Vivek Kale