Dynamic and collaborative business networks in the fashion industry

Ahm Shamsuzzoha*, Timo Kankaanpaa, Luis Maia Carneiro, Ricardo Almeida, Andrea Chiodi, Rosanna Fornasiero

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In order to stay competitive and avoid being smashed by large companies, small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to establish and manage dynamic and non-hierarchical networks to respond to market opportunities, ensuring a quick response, unique products with competitive prices and high product quality. This article proposes an innovative methodological approach and ICT platform to support non-hierarchical collaboration between SMEs for customised product design and manufacturing. The ICT services are based on mapping a methodology on an open source platform in order to apply low cost solutions to SMEs. Two case studies in the fashion industry have been analysed and used to test the proposed approach for network management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Case study
  • Fashion industry
  • Non-hierarchical collaboration
  • Virtual organisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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