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Title: Principles and applications of industrial and business computer networks in the United Kingdom and Germany
Author: Mendel, T. K. A.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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Companies in today's fast changing markets need to be flexible to react to the individuals needs of their customers. To be "close to the customer" is becoming the most important competitive factor. Computer networks and the inter-connection between computer systems can be used to help a company to gain more flexibility and to create a competitive advantage over its competitors. This thesis attempts to answer the following questions: What exactly can computer networks be used for? What can they achieve yet? To what extent do companies make use of computer networks? Are there any striking differences or major similarities between the use of the computer networks in the UK and Germany? What possibilities are there for the future? A close look is taken at the actual use of industrial and business computer networks, and the applications running on these networks, in the UK and Germany. The research concentrates mainly on the business oriented rather than the technical side of computer networks. The majority of cases and examples have been derived from interviews. The reader is first introduced to the basic concepts of computer networks such as schemes used to classify computer networks standardisation efforts in the area of data communication like the ISO OSI reference model for data communication, and areas of business and industry in which applications of computer networks exist. The thesis then deals with the more technical side of computer networks like aspects of data transmission, the related problems, security mechanisms, the important aspect of local area communication, inter-connection and ISDN. Computer Integrated Manufacturing and computer networks as one means of achieving this integration are presented. Electronic Data Interchange is described further as one important form of external data communication.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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