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An Enabler for Supplier Discovery in Virtual Supply Chains: A Shared Terminology



Steven J. Fenves, Eswaran Subrahmanian, Mahesh Mani, Albert T. Jones


Rigid supply-chain organizational structures are giving way to highly dynamic collaborative partnerships. These partnerships will develop rapidly by composing global manufacturing resources in response to open market opportunities; and, they will disband just as rapidly when those opportunities disappear. One critical element of these virtual networks is the supplier discovery, i.e., the ability of customers to find suppliers that have the capabilities to meet their requirements. This initial report explores the communication language between the network partners, with particular emphasis on the technical aspects of the transactions.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7647
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Supply chains, networking, engineering and business objects, business transaction protocols, nomenclatures, product codes, taxonomies, classification systems


Fenves, S. , Subrahmanian, E. , Mani, M. and Jones, A. (2009), An Enabler for Supplier Discovery in Virtual Supply Chains: A Shared Terminology, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created November 4, 2009, Updated October 12, 2021