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The Networked Enterprise : Competing for the Future Through Virtual Enterprise Networks Paperback – May 26, 2008
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About the Author
Ken Thompson was formerly the European IT Manager with Reuters in London, and the Managing Director with VISION Consulting in Belfast. At VISION, Ken spent over 10 years successfully delivering services to clients in the financial services, government and the small business sectors.
Ken is a leading expert in the area of virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities and virtual teams. His strategy includes the use of a unique set of team workshops, multiple coaching interventions and the effective integration of a small toolkit of virtual collaboration technologies. He is now developing software, templates and task-specific tools to support the development of high performance teams.
Ken the author of the groundbreaking book, Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Best Designs and is founder of the Bioteams.com blog, which is a unique online web site dedicated to the explanation of bioteaming concepts, and to the reporting on new research becoming available in this new study area. The blog is updated regularly and is the definitive source of information on bioteaming.
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However, unlike some more theoretical or academic books which touch on this area, Ken actually provides practical guidelines about how to both assess the potential value of the collaboration over time and how to go about creating the VEN as a legal entity with clear roles for participants.
The book is divided into two parts. The first provides a thorough overview of the subject from a business perspective and the second provides a valuable implementation guide.
In part one, Ken explains in clear business terms what a virtual enterprise network is. His comparison with other structures (such as clusters, trade associations and networking groups) is particularly illuminating. He goes on to provide the business case for VENs drawing on real life examples from different industries, and he underlines the strategic importance of VENs (in a global context) as a catalyst for innovation. The book then goes into further detail about the components of a VEN providing excellent information, amongst other things, on governance and legal structures. A series of case studies from around the world illustrate the full potential of such networks as well as some of the issues faced in their creation. This is followed by some insight into the future of VENs as part of the global economy.
The second part of the book describes the processes and roles required in the development of a VEN and will prove invaluable to any organisations assessing their potential to collaborate with one another.
Business owners and strategists who take the time to read this book and work on their own collaborative business models will end up with a strong competitive edge over businesses that fail to embrace collaboration as part of their overall strategy.
Don't just think about virtual enterprises. Consider virtual collaborations in networks that will serve to expand mutual opportunities for growth.
You will also find that while the virtual aspect of the book will prompt some stimulating contemplations, the practical applications of the concepts will provide some concrete depictions of virtual enterprise networks in action.
Read it and reap!