Upside story on Catching Up With SCM’s Vision:
Today, the real buzz is about connecting suppliers in virtual companies via the Internet…The boundaries between companies become blurred and the virtual enterprise becomes a more widespread form of business organization. Executives are slowly moving away from “command and control” modes of management to collaborative and persuasive modes, where the tone of their communication becomes key.
This collaborative mind-set is part and parcel of diminishing boundaries that are more than physical or technological; they are knowledge-based and psychological as well. Since the advent of the Internet, it has become increasingly apparent that business enterprises must be seen as part of an extended ecosystem. The completely independent enterprise will soon become an extinct species in an increasingly integrated and interconnected world.