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
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP TC5 WG5.3/5.7/5.12 Fourth International Working Conference on the Design of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing (DIISM 2000). November 15–17, 2000, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
EditorsJohn P. T. Mo, Laszlo Nemes
PublisherSpringer US
Pages119-127
Number of pages9
Volume63
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780387354125
ISBN (Print)9781475710120, 9780792373582
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Working Conference on the Design of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 15 Nov 200017 Nov 2000
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer New York
Volume63
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

Conference4th International Working Conference on the Design of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleDIISM
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
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: IFIP TC5 WG5.3/5.7/5.12 Fourth International Working Conference on the Design of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing (DIISM 2000). November 15–17, 2000, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1 ed., Vol. 63, pp. 119-127). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 63). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-35412-5_14