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The scientific identity of the research area, which drives research project ideas and higher education contents, is characterised by the engagement on scientific and technological research themes enabling digital innovation and its impact on processes and organizational configurations of firms, industrial clusters and institutions.

The main strategic research areas concern:

- The Internetworked Enterprise, related with research themes such as virtual clusters, digital business ecosystems, e-business adoption in SMEs and in regional system, and the communities of knowledge practice.

- New product development in complex production domains, related with research themes such as collaborative working environments, modelling and management of product knowledge, technology systems enabling orchestration and management of design processes, integration of different disciplines concurring in the design process (CAD, CAM, IMM).

- Innovative technological architectures, related with research themes such as component based and service oriented e-Business architectures, languages and tools supporting business knowledge modelling and exchange, decision support systems and middleware technologies supporting service interoperability.

- Development of technological solution devoted to Mediterranean extra-UE countries, in order to contribute to the reduction of the digital divide.

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research responsible:
  • Pierpaolo Andriani  (Associate Professor at eBMS-ISUFI)
  • Claudio Petti  (Researcher at eBMS-ISUFI)
  • Valentina Ndou  (Researcher at eBMS-ISUFI)
  • Giustina Secundo  (Researcher at eBMS-ISUFI)
  • Alessandro Margherita  (Researcher at eBMS-ISUFI)
  • Francesca Grippa  (Researcher at eBMS-ISUFI)

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In the following are reported the skills provided by the research group in terms of professional training, design aid, project proposal, consulting, etc...

Professional Training

The sector supports the Degree of Management Engineering.

Moreover, at the eBMS-ISUFI it contributes to:

The PhD Program in e-Business.

Eleven students have already achieved their PhD in e-Business, some of them after a stage abroad at Cranfield University, UK. the Anderson School of Management at the UCLA (USA) and at the Southampton University (UK), at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-USA).

The PhD Program is built in the perspective to offer candidates the opportunity to: - Compete successfully for academic positions at national and international level and in different disciplines; - Access rapidly to the medium-high level positions in firms’ management; - Gauge themselves with entrepreneurial experiences, also leveraging the results of their own researches through the creation and management of spin-offs.

The PhD Program - three year duration - is organized as follows.

The first year, which includes three phases, four-month duration each, is focused on achieving two basic goals: - to acquire experiences on the field about the real application and diffusion of e-Business, to highlight the asymmetries between traditional business configurations and e-Business ones. - to endow themselves with the methodological and conceptual tools for analysing asymmetries and identify possible solutions for their removal. The first year will end with the definition of the research proposal characterizing the PhD thesis, related to the research topics of the section’s projects.

The second year is devoted to research activities related to the chosen topic, also in international research centres linked with the section. The year ends with the submission of at least one scientific paper.

In the third year research activities are completed and the analysis of related results accomplished, and the candidate finalizes the thesis report which will be discussed with an examination committee including at least three professors and integrated by external tutors, either from industry or from partner Universities.


International Master Program

The International Master has the brand "ICT-Driven Business Innovation Leadership". The master aims to create a new professional profile able to lead innovation processes in public and private organisations, exploiting the opportunities offered by the ICT. The master program includes:

Phase 1 - Acquiring fundamentals on Communication and team building

Phase 2 - Understanding the scenarios of global change in business and technology, structured in the following "learning units": Digital economy paradigms, Business models, Information and Communication Technologies, Quantitative methods for decision making.

Phase 3 - Leading Change in Business: methodologies and tools, includes the following learning units: Managing innovation and business profitability, Managing business performance, Entrepreneurship e new business creation, Methodologies and tools supporting the intellectual property.

Phase 4: e-Business solutions development, includes Laboratory sessions, four month duration, focused on the development of e-Business applications in tourism, agrifood and public administration contexts. Within this phase is intended to create knowledge on Business Process Management, e-Business management and project management.

Phase 5: Putting change in action , three month duration, includes Internship, to be carried out in in leading companies, and will provide the students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and competencies developed in the previous phases to specific corporate contexts, giving them the opportunity to acquire a qualified professional experience.

The master program is full-time and a total duration of about 2100 hours. Participation is extended to young talents from Mediterranean Countries extra U.E.


The International School

The International Summer School, organised annually, is focused on topics related to "e-Business and complexity: new management practices";it lasts three day , and has the aim to create a forum for the periodic updating on new theories and managerial approaches in the network economy.

Until now, 9 sessions of the International Summer School have been organised, focused on:

- "Organisational Networks as Distributed Systems of Knowledge", July 2000. - "Managerial Implications of Complexity Theory in the Network Economy", July 2001.

- "Managing Intellectual capital in the Network economy: Creating Leadership for Business Innovation", July 2002.

- "Rethinking Regional Development: The role of social capital in promoting competitiveness in Less Favoured Regions", July 2003.

- "New Approaches to Strategic Management", September 2003.

- "Dynamic Capabilities in High Uncertainty Markets" July 2004.

- "The Emergence of Novel Organisational Forms in the Globalising Planet: Toward the Business Ecosystem?", July 2005.

- "Innovation in the Extended Enterprise", July 2006.

- "Perspectives on Technological Entrepreneurship" July 2007.

In these sessions, world-renowned speakers participated, and more than 300 managers, researchers, practitioners attended from Europe, United States, Japan, Australia, and MENA Countries.



Research themes for collaborations

According with the strategic research areas above, the research streams include:

- theoretical models describing the internetworked enterprise. In order to reach this objective and to create theoretical models enabling the comprehension of emerging organizational behaviours and business models, theoretical approaches from biology, physics and mathematics will be taken into account.

- methods and technologies supporting the SMEs transition toward the internetworked enterprise. In order to reach this objective methods and tools shall be created for analysis and reconfiguration processes enabling an effective transition of SMEs toward distributed and internetworked organizational models. In this aim, formal business languages based on natural languages, will be developed in order to bridge the gap between the technology evolution and the organizational dynamics.

- technological architectures supporting the internetworked enterprise. In order to reach this objective modular and service based technological architectures shall be developed, and middleware platforms supporting firms in the evolution and reconfiguration of processes according to the global environmental change, and allowing interaction with dispersed partners, using different technologies.

- organizational models and technological platforms supporting new product development. In order to reach this objective formal (project based, process based organization) and informal (community of knowledge practice) organizational models and the technological functionalities enabling an effective application of such organizational models in new product development context shall be studied.

- methods and technologies for modelling and process orchestration. Including methods and technologies to: o Describe processes and allow process modelling. o Identify information flows and knowledge source connected to knowledge processes. o Execute workflow and orchestrate processes in new product development.

- technologies supporting integration of engineering design processes. Research activities in this objective are devoted mainly to the study and development of applications integrating different tools and procedures allowing automatic processing of different application, in order to support complex product design activities developed through multidisciplinary processes, carried out in highly integrated project teams.

- methods and technologies specific for the context of extra UE Mediterranean countries. This objective aims to define and develop methodologies and technologies related with the application of e-business, knowledge management and e-learning to the needs and context of Mediterranean extra UE countries.

The above mentioned research goals are intended to be pursued in application contexts such as: agrifood, tourism and cultural heritage, aerospace and public administration.

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