The lab represents a ‘virtual place’ where researchers from different institutions work with a common interest in the advancement of knowledge in meeting the challenges of enterprises and associated information systems in rapidly reacting to dynamic business environments. The aim is to foster collaboration at an international level whereby this collaboration may take various forms, from sharing resources (e.g. bibliography, tools etc.) to working on common projects and to producing joint publications. In order to achieve this aim, lab researchers need to have a common understanding of a general framework of research that would a broad canvas in which the various individual efforts could be placed and their contribution therefore clearly identified. Such a framework should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate the evolution of researchers and also of future research challenges.
Such a framework is shown in the figure below. This framework recognizes that research of the lab is situated in the three broad domains of strategic management, enterprise engineering and information systems engineering.