Virtual business communities (VBC) are social aggregations, based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms, created to sustain activities of agents of a specific industry or sector that are economically and socially linked. To study the main challenges in creating a VBC to support a not-well-structured agricultural cluster, we developed and tested an ICT platform and analyzed its implementation process. The design research method grounded this process. The main result of this work in-progress is the analysis of challenges faced on the community level and on the economic agents’ level regarding the development of an ICT platform in order to build a VBC.
Hoppen, Norberto and Rigoni, Eduardo, "Development of a Virtual Business Community in an Agricultural Cluster" (2014). CONF-IRM 2014 Proceedings. 20.