Towards Self-Organizing, Smart Business Networks: Let’s Create ‘Life’ from Inert Information
The Network Experience: New Value from Smart Business Networks, P. Vervest, D. Van Liere, and L. Zheng, eds., Springer, January 2009
15 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2009 Last revised: 21 Nov 2009
Date Written: January 1, 2009
We review three different theories that can inform how researchers can determine the performance of smart business networks, to include: (1) the Theory of Evolution, (2) the Knowledge-Based Theory of the Firm, and (3) research insights into computers and cognition. We suggest that each of these theories demonstrate that to be generally perceived as smart, an organism needs to be self-organizing, communicative, and tool-making. Consequentially, to determine the performance of a smart business network, we suggest that researchers need to determine the degree to which it is self-organizing, communicative, and tool-making. We then relate these findings to the Internet and the idea of smart business networks.
Keywords: information systems, evolution, ecosystems, environments, adaptedness, survivability, intelligence
JEL Classification: D23, D70, D81, D83, O31
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