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Collaborative Networks: New Report on Ireland

Collaborative Networks: New Report on Ireland

InterTradeIreland have just published a major (80 page) report Business Networks on the Island of Ireland which proves that networks and clusters are very much alive and growing in Ireland.


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Global collaborative networks strategic: Economist 15-year research report

Global collaborative networks strategic: Economist 15-year research report

Foresight 2020 is a new research report (downloadable free) written by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Cisco Systems, assesses likely changes to the global economy, to eight major industries and to corporate structures over the next 15 years.


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Successful innovations need innovation ecosystems

Successful innovations need innovation ecosystems

High Definition TVs should be a huge success yet so far they have been an unmitigated failure - a great example of the launch of a high tech product whose supporting ecosystem was not sufficiently mature.



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Networks of innovation and architectures of participation

Networks of innovation and architectures of participation

Thanks to Cory Sorice for pointing me to an article, Heres an idea: Let everyone have ideas, in the New York Times, March 26 which reports on Rite-Solutions a technology company who have created a vigorous marketplace for ideas inside their company in what Tim O’Reilly calls an “architecture of participation”.


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Network consortium agreements

One of the biggest issues facing collaborative business networks is what legal form they should take. Too loose and they lack accountability and robustness but too tight and they become hamstrung and inflexible. Enter the Unincorporated Association and the Consortium Agreement.


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New industry ecosystems predicted

One of the Ten Trends to watch in 2006, according to the McKinsey Quarterly (Jan 2006), will be the emergence of new global structures with a barbell-like structure, with a few giants on top, a narrow middle, and a flourish of smaller, fast-moving players on the bottom.


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Collaboration: legal frameworks available

At a workshop today,19 Jan 2006, in Belfast entitled Legal Frameworks to support clusters and networks, Marco Conte of Collaborative Engineering (Rome) presented a unique set of Model Contracts developed by the EU Alive Project which provides detailed guidelines and templates covering the pre-contract, contract and post-contract aspects of collaboration for businesses cooperating in virtual networks and clusters.


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A Collaboration Maturity Model

A CMM for collaborative networks

Over the last year months a group of cluster facilitators and network coaches in Northern Ireland, including myself, have been working under the auspices of the Cluster Facilitators Forum, to try and develop a non-proprietary open model to guide how collaboration can develop between businesses through clusters and networks.


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Virtual Enterprise Networks presentation to National Quality Congress

I presented "Virtual Enterprise Networks - A proven network partnering model for SMEs" at the 14th National Quality Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday November 17, 2005.


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My 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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