Driving collaborative improvement processes

H.G.A. Middel, J.F.B. Gieskes, O.A.M. Fisscher

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Continuous Improvement is a consolidated concept in theory and practice, mainly in the context of stand-alone companies. However, the battlefield of competition is increasingly moving from the level of individual firms to that of organisational settings based on loose company boundaries and collaborative relations among different units, such as the Extended Manufacturing Enterprises (EMEs). The concept of continuous improvement has hardly been applied in inter-organisational settings. The purpose of this paper is to propose preliminary theory on Collaborative Improvement (CoI), i.e. continuous improvement at the EME level. Based on a literature study on supply networks and continuous improvement, evidence from an in-depth case study of a large Dutch system integrator in the automotive industry and three of its suppliers, a model of CoI is proposed, explaining how collaborative improvement takes place within the EME context.
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Title of host publicationContinuous Innovation in Business Processes and Networks. Proceedings of the 4th International CINet Conference, 15-18 September 2002, Helsinki, Finland
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event4th International CINet Conference 2002: Continuous Innovation in Business Processes and Networks - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 15 Sep 200218 Sep 2002
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International CINet Conference 2002
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  • METIS-206493
  • IR-43395

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