Ulieru, Mihaela; Unland, Rainer:

Enabling Technologies for the Creation and Restructuring Process of Emergent Enterprise Alliances

In: International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making, Jg. 3 (2004) ; Nr. 1, S. 33-60
ISSN: 02196220
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Abstract:
In today's world, it is of utterly importance for enterprises to react in a timely and flexible way to upcoming complex market demands. One solution is given by the concept of virtual enterprise and enterprise alliances, respectively. In order to function efficiently and flexibly such enterprises need to be deeply integrated. Based on previous work combining the concepts of virtual enterprises, holonic organizations and multi-agent systems to support such deep integration, the paper discusses in detail how well-suiting partners and contributors for a given (bunch of) task(s) can be found using today's state-of-the-art technologies. Mapping an enterprise alliance onto a multi-agent system is enabled by a methodology equipping each agent with the ability to deal and consider its own goals (goals of the unit it represents) as well as the goals of the unit in which it is integrated (the higher level unit). ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making is the property of World Scientific Publishing Company and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts); In today's world, it is of utterly importance for enterprises to react in a timely and flexible way to upcoming complex market demands. One solution is given by the concept of virtual enterprise and enterprise alliances, respectively. In order to function efficiently and flexibly such enterprises need to be deeply integrated. Based on previous work combining the concepts of virtual enterprises, holonic organizations and multi-agent systems to support such deep integration, the paper discusses in detail how well-suiting partners and contributors for a given (bunch of) task(s) can be found using today's state-of-the-art technologies. Mapping an enterprise alliance onto a multi-agent system is enabled by a methodology equipping each agent with the ability to deal and consider its own goals (goals of the unit it represents) as well as the goals of the unit in which it is integrated (the higher level unit). ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making is the property of World Scientific Publishing Company and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)

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