Tools and Techniques

Strengthen the operational and legal framework

In this section we are developing the supportive framework for collaboration. The framework provides guidance to companies participating in collaboration projects. It consists of a wide range of available methodologies enabling companies to for example select and collect the necessary data, calculate expected gains and effects on service, define a business case, select the most promising field of collaboration, give proven options on making a fair distribution of costs and gains, etc. The toolset consists of decision support models, as well as training and workshops in the field.

The major part of the operational framework has now been developed and is available for public use. There are three comprehensive position papers: on the overall operational framework, on the specifics of co-modality in collaboration projects, and on the important issue of fair compensation methods. These papers are made available via this website. Furthermore, an instructive online collaboration game has been developed. In this game, players can test their collaboration skills by acting as a trustee and having to manage, build and safeguard a consortium of collaborating companies. Next to these formal deliverables, concrete modeling support has been provided to real-life collaboration initiatives from the logistics laboratory.

In addition to the operational framework, also a generic legal framework has been developed: the one under Dutch law is ready and this is now being expanded to other jurisdictions. Until now no legal precedence is available for horizontal collaboration projects. The framework is necessary to cover the possible legal issues that can occur when collaborating such as: liability, damage, competition law, and also to make it easy for companies to capture their agreements in a contract. The framework of tools and technologies will be applied and validated in the case studies in the Logistics Laboratory and will also capture insights from the Collaborative Business Models to make the tools and technologies fit for practice.