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“Value webs” are groups of networks that span and connect whole ecosystems of people and companies. Value webs are characterized by complex, connected, and interdependent relationships, in which knowledge flows, learning, and collaboration are almost as important as the more familiar product flows, controls, and coordination.
Properly activated, these value webs can be more effective on multiple levels, such as reducing costs, improving service levels, mitigating risks of disruption, and delivering feedback-fueled learning and innovation. The trend toward value webs is likely to accelerate as new technologies generate more data, provide greater transparency, and enable enhanced connectivity.