Analysis and design of virtual enterprises
Pego-Guerra, Marco Antonio
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Virtual Enterprise (VE) is an organizational business concept. Its key ingredients are collaboration among a set of member companies and integration of their competencies, which are needed for developing a new product or service. This concept is in response to the ever-increasing demand on the manufacturing enterprise to react quickly to changes in the market conditions and become agile enterprises. This thesis presents a quantitative study on the life cycle of Virtual Enterprises. Specifically, it covers the design and management phases. These two phases are modeled using system engineering as a foundation. This has led to the development of two new methods for designing and managing Virtual Enterprises. The design method uses Axiomatic Design Theory and a methodology for complex large systems. The management method is based on the Robust Design principles.
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
SupervisorZhang, W. J. (Chris)
CommitteeSumner, David; Oguocha, Ikechukwuka N.; Greer, J. E. (Jim); Burton, Richard T.
Copyright DateDecember 2005
design and manufacturing
Analytical Hierarchy Process