Conceptual framework for non-hierarchical business networks for complex products design and manufacturing

Luis Maia Carneiro*, Pedro Cunha, Pedro Sena Ferreira, Ahm Shamsuzzoha

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The effective creation and management of business networks is more and more an important contribution for the competitiveness and sustainability of European SMEs. In Non-hierarchical networks SMEs join their competencies and resources to grab profitable business opportunities. In these networks SMEs take the leading role and control the business instead of being subcontracted by large companies and traditional supply chains. This paper presents a conceptual framework, including methodological approach, best practices and reference processes aiming at supporting SMEs in creating and managing non-hierarchical networks for complex products design and manufacturing. The framework high level structure and the most specific processes are presented, including: capacity management, collaborative operations planning, risk and event management and performance management. The framework was validated in three pilot networks, from the textile, footwear and machine tools industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2013 - Setubal, Portugal
Duration: May 29 2013May 30 2013


  • Conceptual Framework
  • Non-hierarchical business networks
  • Reference processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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