The virtual enterprise as a new organizational paradigm has three fundamental features: dynamics of network reconfiguration, virtuality, and external entities as environments for enabling or supporting the virtual enterprise integration as well as reconfiguration dynamics. The field of knowledge on this topic is highly fragmented due to the inexistence of a transfer of knowledge between regions, developers, and researchers.
The Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations documents 249 of the most relevant contributions authored by over 400 of the world's leading experts to the introduction of networked, dynamic, agile, and virtual organizational models; definitions; taxonomies; opportunities; and reference models and architectures. These volumes pool the existing works, approaches, solutions, and needs of the virtual enterprise research community to create a repository of the main developments regarding the virtual organization, compiling definitions, characteristics, comparisons, advantages, practices, enabling technologies, and best practices.
- Authoritative contributions by over 400 of the world’s leading experts.
- A single source for comprehensive information on an ever expanding field.
- In-depth definitions for 2,000 key terms.
- Organized by topic and indexed, making it a convenient method of reference for all IT/IS scholars and professionals.
- Nearly 6,000 comprehensive references to existing literature and research on networked and virtual organizations.
- 162 tables and 388 figures with detailed illustrations