WHAT IS EXTENDED ENTERPRISE: An Extended Enterprise is a loosely coupled, self-organizing network of firms that combine their economic output to provide products and services offerings to the market.The term "extended enterprise" represents a new concept that a company is made up not just of its employees, its board members, and executives, but also its business partners, its suppliers, and its customers.Extended Enterprise is the term for the set of windows that describes the characteristics of a future proof organization anticipating to its environment and collaborating with its partners and customers by utilizing the technology possibilities. According to Browne et al. (1995) the EE concept is close to what Christopher (1992) calls “co-makership”, “a long-term relationship with a limited number of suppliers on the base of mutual confidence”. This co-makership allows the partners to work together on engineering the value of their product, besides developing simplified means of ordering and invoicing which improve quality and reduce costs for all parties Childe (1998) defines an extended enterprise as: A conceptual business unit or system that consists of a purchasing company and suppliers who collaborate closely in such a way as to maximise the returns to each partner. Wider organization' representing all associated entities customers, employees, suppliers, distributors, etc. who directly or indirectly, formally or informally, collaborate in the design, development, production, and delivery of a product to the end user.The Extended Enterprise business pattern, which is also known as the Business-to-Business pattern or B2B pattern, addresses the interactions and collaborations between business processes in separate enterprises.The notion of extended enterprise includes many different arrangements such as virtual integration, outsourcing, distribution agreements, collaborative marketing, R&D program partnerships, alliances, joint ventures, preferred suppliers, and customer partnership. Firms in the extended enterprise may operate independently, for example, through market mechanisms, or cooperatively through agreements and contracts. Alternatively referred to as a "supply chain" or a "value chain", the extended enterprise describes the community of participants involved with provisioning a set of service offerings. The extended enterprise associated with "McDonald's", for example, includes not only McDonald's Corporation, but also franchisees and joint venture partners of McDonald's Corporation, the 3PL's that provide food and materials to McDonald's restaurants, the advertising agencies that produce and distribute McDonald's advertising, the suppliers of McDonald's food ingredients, kitchen equipment, building services, utilities, and other goods and services, the designers of Happy Meal toys, and others. COMPONENTS OF EXTENDED ENTERPRISE: The Extended Enterprise encompasses the compression of concept to customer lead-time, working with just-in-time supply chain and logistics support throughout product/service life. In the manufacturing arena pan-national competitive edge can be provided by access to creative information processing centres such as specialist design or component manufacturing houses. It is no longer possible or even desirable to embrace world class capability in all the key functional areas wholly within a single company based organization. Class-leading competitiveness flourishes in an environment of dependency and interdependency with other providers of components, services and ideas. The Extended Enterprise offers this functionality; it demands a new organizational concept. Power via conventional hierarchy is seriously weakened by the flat, geographically distributed and transient structure of the Extended Enterprise IMPORTANCE OF EXTENDED ENTERPRISE: The notion of the Extended Enterprise has taken on more importance as firms have become more specialized and inter-connected, trade has become more global, processes have become more standardized and information has become ubiquitous. The standardization of business processes has permitted companies to purchase as services many of the activities that previously had been provided directly by the firm. By outsourcing certain business functions that had been previously self-provided, such as transportation, warehousing, procurement, public relations, information technology, firms have been able to concentrate their resources on those investments and activities that provide them the greatest rate of return. The remaining "core competencies" determine the firm's unique value proposition. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPPLY CHAIN,VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE AND EXTENDED ENTERPRISE: A supply chain is a customer-supplier chain of individual enterprises, each operating as an individual enterprise trying to maximize its own corporate goals, thus sub-optimizing the overall performance whereas an extended enterprise is a chain of enterprises, which essentially behave as a single enterprise trying to maximize the corporate goals of the extended enterprise, thus optimizing the performance of each individual enterprise. A Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a temporary alliance of enterprises that come together to share skills or core competencies and resources in order to better respond to business opportunities, and whose cooperation is supported by computer networks. It is a manifestation of Collaborative Networks and Distributed Collaborative working. SUCCES LEVEL OF EXTENDED ENTERPRISE: The term "extended enterprise" represents the concept that a company is made up not just of its employees, its board members, and executives, but also its business partners, its suppliers, and even its customers. The extended enterprise can only be successful if all of the component groups and individuals have the information they need in order to do business effectively. GAPS IN THE REVIEW: Research indicates that a strategic framework for measuring and managing performance in extended enterprises does not exist.