Horizontal Cooperation Practices in Internet-based Higher Education, Computational Logistics and Telecommunications
- 1 University Pompeu Fabra, Spain
- 2 University of the Aegean, Greece
- 3 University of Macedonia, Hellas, Greece
- 4 Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Copyright: © 2020 Jesica de Arma, Thanasis Daradoumis, Anastasios A. Economides and Angel A. Juan. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Globalization and advances in information and communication technologies have boosted the use of Horizontal Cooperation (HC) practices in many industry sectors. In the current international market, these ‘alliances’ become especially relevant for small and medium organizations, which are forced to compete with large-scale corporations. This paper analyzes benefits and challenges of HC practices in three service sectors that are critical for most developed and emerging countries: Internet-based higher education, computational logistics and transportation and telecommunication services. The paper discusses the role of HC to benefit from economies of scale and reduce costs, improve quality of service and become more environmentally friendly. Hence, by using HC firms not only increase their competitiveness and extend their markets but, in addition, they also promote social responsiveness actions.
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- Horizontal Cooperation
- Internet-based Higher Education
- Computational Logistics and Transportation