Value-Added Network


Value Added Networks (VANs) simplify the communication process by reducing the number of parties that firms have to communicate with. The concept is created to help managers and practitioners to grasp the term and understand the strengths, weaknesses and capabilities of VANs.

Technique Overview

Value-Added Network Definition

A value-added network (VAN) is "a private telecommunications network linking organisations in a supply chain together, enabling them to share information and electronic documents". VANs can be used by organisations sharing data using electronic data interchange (EDI) (BuyIT & CIPS: Electronic Invoicing and Payment: 19).

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  • Adhikari, R. (1996) EDI Heads For The Net. Information Week, 6 May.
  • Burnes, B. (2009) Managing Change. (5th ed.) Pearson Education: Essex, UK.
  • Butner, K. (2007) Blueprint For Supply Chain Visibility. Institute for Business Value, IBM Global Business Services: New York.
  • BuyIT & CIPS: Electronic Invoicing and Payment.

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