Participation in networks has become a main enabler for any organization that strives to achieve differentiated competitive advantage.
Collaboration became the nucleus for all dimensions of the 4th Industrial Revolution characterized by increasing digitalization and the interconnection among systems, products, value chains, and business models.
The increasing availability of sensors, and smart and mobile devices connected to the Internet, powered by the pervasiveness of Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things with distributed computational power and intelligence, have boosted hyper-connected organizations. The focal points of this revolution span over: vertical integration of smart production systems, horizontal integration of organizations through global value chain networks, adoption of through-engineering across the entire value chain, acceleration in manufacturing and services, digitalization of products and services, and giving rise to new business models and customer intimacy. Further to Industry 4.0, this trend also surfaces in other sectors: Economy 4.0, Health 4.0, Agriculture 4.0, Transportation 4.0, Water 4.0, Tourism 4.0, Logistics 4.0.
This emerging reality challenges the way collaborative networks and systems are designed and operate. Previously proposed solutions e.g. in terms of the organizational structures, applied algorithms and mechanisms, and governance principles and models, need to be revisited and redesigned in order to comply with the speed of the evolving scenarios. Furthermore, the new solutions need to consider a convergence of advanced technologies, addressing CPS, IoT, Linked Data, Data Privacy, Federated Systems, Big Data, Data Mining, Sensing Technologies, etc., and the impact of variables, such as time, location, and population, which suggest a stronger focus on system dynamics.
Contributions are invited from multiple and diverse areas and disciplines, including: computer science, manufacturing, industrial, electrical and computing engineering, social sciences, organization science, and technologies, among others, which are well tuned to the interdisciplinary nature of the research and development in collaborative networks, as well as the spirit of the PRO-VE Working Conferences.
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