Network Enterprises
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Network Enterprises

The Evolution of Organizational Models from Guilds to Assembly Lines to Innovation Clusters
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Gianfranco Dioguardi
363 g
242x164x18 mm
Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management

This book explores the network enterprise and its evolution from Medieval guilds to the innovation clusters of Silicon Valley. It examines organizations that operate as networks and interact with firms along the supply chain and in complementary industries.
Explains the evolution of the "network enterprise" as an adaptive, innovative organization, with particular implications for manufacturing, high-tech, and other product-based industries
Toward a Definition of the "Network Enterprise" Model.- The Complex Nature of the Network Enterprise.- Innovation and Service Provision in the Network Enterprise.- Outline of the History of Organization Doctrines.- The Production Pole: From Fordism to Toyotism.- The Toyota Spirit.- Strategies for the Network Enterprise.- Ethics and Social Values in the Network Enterprise.- The Enterprise Spirit and Culture in the Network Enterprise.- Enterprise Networks.
Building on the historical analysis of organizations and theories that have influenced their development, Gianfranco Dioguardi provides an insightful exploration of the network enterprise and its evolution from the Medieval guilds to the present innovation clusters of Silicon Valley, the Research Triangle, Route 128, and other regions in the U.S and around the world. Providing in-depth analysis of production systems and the evolution of "lean manufacturing" principles, Dioguardi integrates history, sociology, management theory, and economics to explore the dynamics of organizations that operate as networks and interact with other firms along the supply chain and in complementary industries. In a technology-enabled environment, the boundaries between products and services and across enterprises become blurred-and create the context for entrepreneurship, innovation, and dissemination of knowledge. Several chapters are devoted to practical concerns of managing the network enterprise, with a particular interest in the ethical and cultural issues. Dioguardi concludes with discussion of the role of the network enterprise in new firm creation and economic growth.