Although many organizations still emphasis on the design and execution of their internal business processes to overcome operational barriers, an increasing number of companies are pursuing the integration between enterprises, or so-called inter-enterprise processes.

Profitable companies must operate in a network with other organizations to leverage their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. Mutual interdependencies are created and managed to drive additional importance and to ensure high performance for the organization.

Mathias Kirchmer : e-Business Process Improvement (eBPI): Building and Managing Collaborative e-Business Scenarios. Editors: Callaos, N., Loutfi, M., Justan, M., Conference: Proceedings of the 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Orlando 2002, Volume: VIII, p. 387-396.