Managing Dynamic Virtual Enterprises Using FIPA Agents

Managing Dynamic Virtual Enterprises Using FIPA Agents

Vaggelis Ouzounis (Electronic Commerce Center of Competence-GMD-FOKUS, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-24-2.ch013
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Abstract

Virtual enterprises (VEs) enable the deployment of distributed business processes among different partners in order to shorten development and manufacturing cycles, reduce time to market and operational costs, increase customer satisfaction, and operate on global scale and reach. Dynamic virtual enterprises are an emerging category of VE where the different partners are being selected dynamically during business process execution based on market-driven criteria and negotiation. In this chapter, we present an agent-based platform for the management of dynamic VEs. The main contributions of this approach are the distributed, autonomous agent-based business process management, the XML-based business process definition language, the flexible ontologies, and the dynamic negotiation and selection of partners based on virtual marketplaces. The presented platform has been fully developed using emerging agent and Internet standards like FIPA, MASIF, and XML.

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Preface
Ulrich J. Franke
Chapter 1
Ulrich J. Franke
The organizational concept of virtual Web organizations encompasses three organizational elements, namely the relatively stable virtual Web platform... Sample PDF
The Competence-Based View on the Management of Virtual Web Organizations
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Chapter 2
Malcolm Warner, Morgen Witzel
The virtual organization offers many advantages, and can be a powerful strategic option for firms attempting to extend the scope and reach of their... Sample PDF
Which Way is Forward? Direction and Control in Virtual Space
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Chapter 3
Wendy Jansen, Hans P.M. Jagers, Wilchard Steenbakkers
Virtual corporations are seen as new organisational forms to ensure knowledge sharing and innovation. In this chapter the reason for the... Sample PDF
The Virtual Corporation and Trust: Balancing Between Identity and Innovation
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Chapter 4
Howard D. Richards, Harris G. Makatsoris
A process of turbulent change is taking place in which companies shape up to deal with the unremitting global competition for which there is an... Sample PDF
The Metamorphosis to Dynamic Trading Networks and Virtual Corporations
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Chapter 5
Ashok Chandrashekar, Philip Schary
The virtual Web-based supply chain is emerging as a new form of industrial organization. This paper discusses the concept as a juncture of three... Sample PDF
The Virtual Web-Based Supply Chain
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Chapter 6
Vincent Wade, David Lewis, Jacques Brook, William Donnelly
The rapid of growth in e-Commerce/e-Business provides new opportunities and challenges for next generation Internet and telecommunication service... Sample PDF
Towards a Framework for Managing the Business-to-Business e-Commerce Chain
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Chapter 7
Dorian Selz, Stefan Klein
The new information infrastructure redefines the roles and relationships between buyer, seller, and middleman, allowing new ways of accessing and... Sample PDF
Value Webs: Cases, Features and Success Factors
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Chapter 8
Hugo Meijers
This chapter covers a specific type of Web organization in the professional service sector. Due to the knowledge-intensive, project-based and... Sample PDF
Web Organizations in the Professional Services Sector
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Chapter 9
Cesar Garita, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, L. O. Hertzberger
The support of real collaborative virtual enterprise (VE) scenarios sets forward particularly interesting challenges in terms of distributed... Sample PDF
A Survey of Distributed Information Management Approaches for Virtual Enterprise Infrastructures
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Chapter 10
Yongjiang Shi, Mike Gregory
This paper seeks to understand the relationship between virtual organizations (VOs) and international strategic alliances (ISAs) in the... Sample PDF
Global Manufacturing Virtual Network (GMVN): Its Dynamic Position in the Spectrum of Manufacturing Collaborations
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Chapter 11
Roberto Tononi, Gianfrancesco Amorosi
ENEA, the Italian public institution for research on energy, new technologies and environment, is conducting a program aimed at supporting networks... Sample PDF
Networks of SMEs as Virtual Web Organizations: An Experimental Program Aimed at Supporting SMEs in Depressed Areas of Italy
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Chapter 12
Carlos Frederico Bremer, Jairo Eduardo Moraes Siqueira, Luis Fernando Moraes Marques
The process of core competencies identification has been incorporated by the enterprises within strategic planning. The virtual enterprise, which is... Sample PDF
Applying a Core Competencies Approach in Virtual Enterprise Formation
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Chapter 13
Vaggelis Ouzounis
Virtual enterprises (VEs) enable the deployment of distributed business processes among different partners in order to shorten development and... Sample PDF
Managing Dynamic Virtual Enterprises Using FIPA Agents
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Chapter 14
Florent Frederix
Virtual enterprises consisting of geographically dispersed, independent units are a reality in the global economy. These units concentrate on core... Sample PDF
A Planning and Scheduling Methodology for the Virtual Enterprise
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Chapter 15
Tim Veil, Thomas Hess
Virtual corporations (VCs) may be defined as a specific form of inter-company networks. Whereas vertically integrated strategic networks primarily... Sample PDF
A Basic Approach Towards Cost Accounting for Virtual Web Organizations
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Chapter 16
Oliver Wohlgemuth, Thomas Hess
A fundamental condition precedent to strategic decisions of virtual corporations and their partners is a profound knowledge of the cooperation’s... Sample PDF
Evaluating the Success of Virtual Corporations With CONECT: Basic Procedural Indications and Practical Application
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Chapter 17
Claudia Cevenini
Virtual organizations are a complex subject which requires an interdisciplinary approach. In the absence of specific legislation, consolidated... Sample PDF
What Regulation for Virtual Organizations?
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