The aim of InterVal was to analyse and further develop internet technologies in the context of modern value chains. New technologies such as XML, web services and semantic networks have permanently changed the value creation processes typical of modern economies in recent years. In InterVal, these changes were analysed using concrete case studies. Considerations of the profitability of investments in information and communication technologies played an important role. Business management approaches to investment analysis and the evaluation of management techniques were to be used as well as macroeconomic calculations to measure the influence of IT investments on the overall productivity and the labour market of an economy. Another research focus was on questions of security and data protection. Finally, questions of information logistics and knowledge management were also dealt with in InterVal.
The research focus of the project "Management of Value Chains" was on the development of concepts for efficient cross-company coordination structures with the help of internet technology. Based on a hybrid coordination concept, changes in the intra-company control structures of value chains were evaluated. The focus was on the implementation of on-site planning, taking into account the common goals defined for the entire network. Selected internet technologies were explored with regard to their potential for cooperative relationships in value creation networks. These scenarios were used to analyse how IT tools can be used efficiently in a cross-company environment. Another research field of the project was to determine the benefits of IT implementation and the accounting of IT investments and operating costs.
Project executing agency:
01.07.2003 - 31.12.2007