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The Virtually Networked Enterprise: Letting small fish act big

The Virtually Networked Enterprise: Letting small fish act big
In How To Innovate And Create New Business Opportunities When You Are A Small Fish: Here Comes The VEN, Robin Good and Ken Thompson argue that when you are a small fish, it may appear pretty difficult, if not altogether out of your reach, to be able to "network up" with other small firms to provide higher value services to major clients. But is it a real physical limitation or is it just that small companies lack a proven and effective business collaboration model - The Virtual Enterprise Network (VEN)?

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Making virtual communities and social networks sustainable

Making virtual communities and social networks sustainable
Many networks and communities seem to require constant attention from the leaders or facilitators. Its always the same old people who seem to do all the work. Take away the leader, perhaps because the funding runs out, and the community just withers and dies - sometimes within a matter of weeks. Often this happens because the network has not cultivated the 3 critical dialogues in a community: taking care of business, grooming and emoting. These dialogs must take occur across the 3 key network encounters: one-one, one-many and many-many. Heres how you can make your networks and communities less fragile!

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Management Flight Simulator for Virtual Business Networks

Management Flight Simulator for Virtual Business Networks
Leading a virtual business network requires different skills than leading a traditional team. Many of these skills are unfortunately very counter-intuitive due to the living, evolving nature of such networks. Discovering this 'on the job' is almost as crazy as training airline pilots without using flight simulators!

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Corporate structure: the next step for multinationals

Corporate structure: the next step for multinationals

In a new book, From Global to MetaNational, Strategy experts and Insead Professors, Yvez Doz, José Santos and Peter Williamson argue that the future form of successful global enterprise has now changed from the multinational to the metanational.


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Best collaborative business network articles

Best collaborative business network articles

Here is a collection of my 7 most popular articles on collaborative and virtual business networks based on user feedback and page views:


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Virtual Enterprise Networks: current best practice in the UK

Virtual Enterprise Networks: current best practice in the UK

Andrew Faughy, General Manager and Director of VEN Operations Ltd, gives an excellent video lecture ‘VEN: The Story so Far’ at the ICE Conference (Milan 2006) on the Virtual Enterprise Network concept in practice in Yorkshire in the UK involving nearly 400 small businesses.


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Virtual Enterprise Networks VENs: a detailed introduction

Virtual Enterprise Networks VENs: a detailed introduction

I recently presented "Virtual Enterprise Networks - A proven network partnering model for SMEs" at the 14th National Quality Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Heres the full presentation.


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The biological nature of business networks

The biological nature of business networks

Harvard Professor Marco Iansiti predicts that the future business competition will not be between companies or even supply chains but between networks.


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Collaborative business networks: 10 questions to ask

Collaborative business networks: 10 questions to ask

All collaborative business networks are not equal: some are solid networks, some are genuinely trying to get there and some are mere networks of convenience.


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Virtual Enterprise Networks and Supply Chain Agility

Virtual Enterprise Networks and Supply Chain Agility

In the US there has been a movement particularly within the defense and advanced engineering sectors to try to develop more agility in supply chains by working differently with suppliers.


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