An Integrated System Supporting Virtual Consortia in the Construction Sector

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dc.contributor.author Halaris, C en
dc.contributor.author Kerridge, S en
dc.contributor.author Bafoutsou, G en
dc.contributor.author Mentzas, G en
dc.contributor.author Kerridge, S en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T11:44:32Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T11:44:32Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en
dc.identifier.issn 1091-9392 en
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.lib.ntua.gr/xmlui/handle/123456789/37001
dc.subject Bidding en
dc.subject Collaboration en
dc.subject E-commerce en
dc.subject Tendering en
dc.subject Virtual consortium en
dc.subject Workflow en
dc.subject.classification Computer Science, Information Systems en
dc.subject.classification Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications en
dc.title An Integrated System Supporting Virtual Consortia in the Construction Sector en
heal.type other en
heal.identifier.primary 10.1207/S15327744JOCE133&4_06 en
heal.identifier.secondary http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/S15327744JOCE133&4_06 en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2003 en
heal.abstract Work in today's economic organizations is either performed through the execution of continuous operations or through the implementation of one-off projects; hence one can distinguish between ""operation-centric"" and ""project-centric"" business environments. New information and communication technologies facilitate the introduction of innovative organizational structures in both environments. Based on the term ""virtual organization,"" which is used for describing the new organizational structures in operation-centric environments, we introduce the term ""virtual consortium"" for project-centric environments and provide an analysis of the business processes of a virtual consortium. We concentrate on the construction sector, as one of the most suitable application domains to test the new concept and related systems. Focusing on one of the most critical processes of a virtual consortium, the bidding/tendering process, we review the existing information systems available on the Internet, which support this process for construction projects. Our results show that although there are a substantial number of systems that support searching for call for tenders, few of them provide support for other vital elements of the bidding/tendering process, such as robust collaboration facilities for the virtual consortium formation and for the management of the bid. We then present the SupplyPoint system, which has been developed in order to electronically support and automate the whole tendering/bidding process of virtual consortia. SupplyPoint provides - in addition to what existing systems already do - a collaboration platform that facilitates, in a virtual manner, the formation of consortia. en
heal.journalName Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1207/S15327744JOCE133&4_06 en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000184991600006 en
dc.identifier.volume 13 en
dc.identifier.issue 3-4 en
dc.identifier.spage 243 en
dc.identifier.epage 265 en

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