Business networking - the management of ITenabled relationships between internal and external business partners - is one of the most important features of enterprises in the information age. Currently, business networking is moving into the center of business engineering and aims at preparing enterprises in becoming part of IT-based business networks and in exploiting new process efficiencies and business opportunities. In this paper we develop an idea for describing, measuring and managing an enterprise’s ability to succeed in business networks: the concept of networkability. We illustrate the design objects of networkability using an example from the logistics industry and apply coordination theory to derive mechanisms which help to strengthen a company’s networkability.
Alt, R.; Fleisch, E.; and Werle, O., "The Concept of Networkability - How to Make Companies Competitive in Business Networks" (2000). ECIS 2000 Proceedings. 115.