Context-Aware Systems and Applications. 5th International Conference, ICCASA 2016, Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam, November 24-25, 2016, Proceedings

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Context-Adaptive Business Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-56357-2_4,
        author={Jing He and Elke Wolf and David Sundaram},
        title={Context-Adaptive Business Networks},
        proceedings={Context-Aware Systems and Applications. 5th International Conference, ICCASA 2016, Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam, November 24-25, 2016, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ICCASA},
        year={2017},
        month={6},
        keywords={Adaptability Agility Learning Co-opetitive Co-evolution Context-adaptive business networks},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-56357-2_4}
    }
    
  • Jing He
    Elke Wolf
    David Sundaram
    Year: 2017
    Context-Adaptive Business Networks
    ICCASA
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56357-2_4
Jing He1,*, Elke Wolf1,*, David Sundaram1,*
  • 1: University of Auckland
*Contact email: jji917@aucklanduni.ac.nz, e.wolf@auckland.ac.nz, d.sundaram@auckland.ac.nz

Abstract

Businesses are facing turbulences in an environment that includes social, political, technical and economic challenges. Traditional business networks lack the adaptability to rapidly reconfigure their strategy, people, structure, business processes, and systems to respond to such challenges. In this paper we analyse structures and limitations of traditional business networks (Sect. 2). Based on the literature on adaptive business networks (ABN) which have been discussed for about two decades (Sect. 3) we outline the most important conceptualisations of ABN. In order to emphasise the integrated perspective on the strategic, social, structural, business process, and information systems level - which we consider to be essential for adaptability - we create the term “Context-Adaptive Business Networks (CABN)” (Sect. 4). We discuss the necessary features of context-adaptability in more detail (Sect. 5) and conclude with suggestions how this context-adaptability can be achieved on all five levels (Sect. 6).