Modelling for designing, managing and improving virtual enterprises in one-of-a-kind business

Lauri Koskela, Abdul Samad Kazi, Matti Hannus

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Abstract

The paper starts with an exploration of the current conceptual underpinnings, paradigms and theories of production from the point of view of modelling. It is argued that modelling should bear on designing, controlling and improving production systems. Modelling should orient towards the existing three conceptual views on production: transformation, flow and value generation. Furthermore, modelling should cover both the physical process and the control information process. Finally, modelling should respond to the specific needs of virtual production in one-of-a-kind business, for example, the design of the production system accentuates. Two sets of modelling tools are analyzed against this framework: comprehensive modelling approaches and specific, more partial tools for virtual production. These results suggest that, at the level of research, the search for a unified conceptualization of production should be emphasized; only based on such a foundation can truly comprehensive and integrated modelling tools be constructed. At the more practical level, modelling efforts - in lack of tools based on a unified conceptualization - have to be partial; however, these efforts should be structured so that various modelling approaches could more easily be interfaced with each other, and the limitations of the particular tools in use should be clearly recognized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Engineering, Manufacturing and Enterprise Networks
EditorsJohn P.T. Mo, Laszlo Nemes
PublisherSpringer
Pages119-127
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-35412-5
ISBN (Print)0-7923-7358-8, 978-1-4757-1012-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFIP TC5 WG5.3/5.7/5.12 4th International Working Conference on the Design of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing, DIISM 2000 - Melbourne, VC, Australia
Duration: 15 Nov 200017 Nov 2000

Publication series

SeriesIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Volume63
ISSN1571-5736

Conference

ConferenceIFIP TC5 WG5.3/5.7/5.12 4th International Working Conference on the Design of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing, DIISM 2000
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne, VC
Period15/11/0017/11/00

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    Koskela, L., Kazi, A. S., & Hannus, M. (2001). Modelling for designing, managing and improving virtual enterprises in one-of-a-kind business. In J. P. T. Mo, & L. Nemes (Eds.), Global Engineering, Manufacturing and Enterprise Networks (pp. 119-127). Springer. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Vol.. 63 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-35412-5_14