ITcon Vol. 8, pg. 319-340,

Facilitating inter-enterprise information exchange in one-of-a-kind settings

submitted:April 2003.
revised:August 2003.
published:October 2003
editor(s):Amor r and Jardim- Gonçalves R
authors:Abdul S. Kazi, Senior Research Scientist
VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

Chotchai Charoenngam, Associate Professor
AIT – Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
summary:The construction industry’s norm of operation is that of one-of-a-kind production and delivery of products (e.g. a building). The results (products and/or services) are typically delivered through complementary competence sharing between different project participants. Such operational modes naturally have implications on the way that product related information is shared and exchanged between the participating organisations. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures and applications while seemingly available are still far from meeting the real needs of inter-enterprise information exchange, and, service integration and management in one-of-a-kind settings. This paper presents the research findings of two recently concluded international projects (GLOBEMEN, and OSMOS) that have explored the operational norm of one-of-a-kind settings (in one case at a generic cross-sectoral level, and in the other in the construction sector). ICT architectures, components and various interaction scenarios are furthermore identified. The results are discussed from the perspective of two case studies. Key lessons learned and barriers to take-up of ICT solutions are presented.
keywords:information management, virtual enterprise, one-of-a-kind settings, interaction scenarios.
full text: (PDF file, 0.817 MB)
citation:Kazi A and Charoenngam C (2003). Facilitating inter-enterprise information exchange in one-of-a-kind settings, ITcon Vol. 8, Special issue eWork and eBusiness, pg. 319-340,