Networking - changing
the way companies co-operate
International networking between businesses is becoming essential to
success in global markets. Companies need to be able to operate in a seamless manner
across international boundaries. Such business networking can lead to the development of
new partnerships and extended enterprises, where companies hire adaptive resources to
achieve their goals. It can also lead to a realignment of core competencies.
Such changes will have a tremendous impact on how companies operate and structure
themselves, and how people need to position themselves professionally. This is the focus
of the GLOBEMAN21 project, which is developing business-networking principles both for
large one-of-a-kind projects and for the manufacturing of standard products.
The project's methods are already in use among several of the project partners in a
wide range of businesses, for example, pulp and paper equipment and services,
communications cabling, shipbuilding, construction, software integration and optical
components. Japanese and Australian business cases and other global co-operation
experiences from the project have also been investigated.
Visitors to the stand are shown how companies can network, both internally and with
other organisations, to provide their products and services to customers, anywhere and at
any time. The exhibit illustrates the basic principles for implementing and managing
collaborative networks and how international companies such as the GLOBEMAN21 partners are
doing it today. On show are the Metis software tools that can be used to model a business