A Self-Aligned Business Gateway Model to Manage Dynamic Value Chain and Participatory Production: Knowledge Management Prospective to Distributed Organization

By Timothy P Tsai and Michael Tsun-Liang Lu.

Published by The Organization Collection

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When the Economic Policy Institute says 1.4M jobs were created overseas by U.S. companies, compared to 1M domestically, the global shift of the economic power is seen in manufacturing in the last 3 decades to one that is fast-growing in markets in the next decades. That implies fewer companies can retain a purely domestic business but instead there are two ends in the global market: supplies and customers. Therefore, being a triple-A enterprise is not a good-to-great option but is the basic capability to survive. This paper suggests in such a global, dynamic business environment, being stationary and connection-oriented to local resources and capacity worldwide is necessary. A concept of the Business Gateway architecture to deal with value chain or even participatory production is aggressive but needed. That leads to overcome the challenges in distributed organization in different cultures and heterogeneous systems. An ISO 7-layer like model is introduced to accomplish that by putting cash flow and logistics flow under the business flow in a gateway layer and a human capital flow, a knowledge flow and a production flow above. This paper also suggests a quick and efficient knowledge management and alignment among distributed organization is essential. Managing such a distributed organization, the skill set is very different and a new virtual segregation setup technique is also presented.

Keywords: Participatory Production, Knowledge Management, Supply Chain Network, Distributed Organization, Business Gateway Architecture, Triple-A Supply Chain, Supply Chain System Engineering

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp.163-186. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.190MB).

Timothy P Tsai

MEMS Supply Chain Network Manager, DHC, HVAL, Semiconductor Divison, Texas Instruments, Southern Methodist University and Flow Fusion Research Lab, Plano, Texas, USA

Timothy P. Tsai is currently the MEMS Supply Network supply manager of Texas Instruments (TI). He was the Process Control manager, product research and development engineer, and device engineer responsible for supply network design and operation, technology transfer, new fab start-up and process control system development in full product life cycle over different countries. Tim and his business unit is pioneer in TI developing Fablite Model in last decade and currently working on Participatory Production model for next decade. Tim is also co-founder of Flow Fusion Research (FFR) Laboratory since 2003 and Chief Architect leading a size of 40 volunteer engineers and researchers to reinvent the IT tools, methodology, and prototyping for nested society including supports of this model. FFR focus on community technology, knowledge fusion technique, and Enterprise Life cycle management from freelancer to Enterprise level Supply Chain solution. Tim received his M.S. in Engineering Management from SMU and B.S. in EE from National Taiwan University. He is currently a Ph.D candidate of SMU major in Supply Chain System Engineering. Tim redefines Supply Chain System Engineering by combining the 3 disciplines: traditional Supply Chain Management, Acquisition cycle, and Process Technology in semiconductor.

Dr. Michael Tsun-Liang Lu

Senior Systems Engineer, Pattern Recognition Technologies (PRT), Inc., Flow Fusion Research Lab, Plano, Texas, USA

Dr. Lu received his Ph.D degree in EE from SMU, Dallas. Michale is co-founder of Flow Fusion Research Lab and leading development teams on APS and Consultant DIY project.

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