In order to compete with the global giants, enterprises are concentrating on
their core competencies and collaborating with organizations that compliment their
skills and core activities. The current trend is to develop temporary alliances of
independent enterprises, in which companies can come together to share skills, core
competencies and resources. However, knowledge sharing and communication
among multidiscipline companies is a complex and challenging problem. In a
collaborative environment, the meaning of knowledge is drastically affected by the
context in which it is viewed and interpreted; thus necessitating the treatment of
structure as well as semantics of the data stored in enterprise repositories. Keeping
the present market and technological scenario in mind, this research aims to propose
tools and techniques that can enable companies to assimilate distributed information
resources and achieve their business goals.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.