Improving the creation and management of collaborative networks within the European maritime sector: an operational collaboration model for the European maritime sector

Tijana Vuletic, Robert Ian Whitfield, Wenjuan Wang, Alex Duffy, Scott Gatchell, Henk Prins, Michael Leer-Andersen

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Abstract

The first ever model of operational collaboration for the European maritime industry is presented, built upon the established current state-of-the art in engineering collaboration modelling and addressing key industry requirements. The requirements for operational collaboration practices in the European maritime industry were identified using three approaches: an industrial survey of 69 associations, companies and institutions in the maritime sector; an analysis of prototype collaboration tools; and through an analysis of literature. These requirements were thematically grouped and consolidated where they overlapped, and then translated into model elements and interactions between them. A model that accurately abstracts service and technology collaboration provision between companies in a variety of collaboration modes was built, and validated against a series of steps that an organisation would need to undertake, to develop a particular mode of collaboration to supports their needs. It was tested in three industrial case studies, providing encouraging feedback demonstrating successful implementation. It provides the opportunity for reassessment of the employed processes and activities, and provides a structure for improving collaborative engineering design. Whilst the research was based in the European maritime industry, the model has wider applicability within the collaborative design of complicated engineering artefacts such as automotive or aerospace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-37
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Industrial Information Integration
Volume8
Early online date8 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • operational collaboration model
  • engineering design
  • maritime sector
  • collaborative networks
  • case study
  • knowledge management

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