Date Added: Sep 2010
Development teams involved in product development are often geographically and temporally distributed, and there is a high level of outsourcing in product development efforts. Enterprises give rise to a special type of virtual enterprise, in which each company maintains the greatest flexibility and business independence. This paper presents a vision of next generation engineering working environments and describes a core information technology on which future systems can be built. Cooperative processes are not the automatic results of implementing collaborative, real-time communication technologies, but the result of a carefully designed and systematically maintained virtual team development plan.