A methodology to evaluate enterprises to become members of virtual industry clusters Chapter in Scopus uri icon


  • Based on the Framework for Global Virtual Business developed by the COSME Network, the partners for a Virtual Enterprise (VE) has to be selected from members of a Virtual Industry Cluster (VIC). This paper describes 1) major issues involved in evaluating possible members of the VIC, i.e. core competencies {products, process, and technologies) and infrastructures {information, social, legal and physical), 2) a methodology to select members for a VIC based on quantitative and qualitative analysis. This methodology integrates a set of benchmarking tools to evaluate enterprise's competencies and infrastructures. A case study was undertaken to create VIC of Metal Mechanical and Plastics Industry in Monterrey, Mexico. A WWW page was created to describe member's key information on competencies and infrastructures. ¬© 2001 by Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2001