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Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy
A mutually agreed commitment that is established by two or more partners performing matching speech acts, for example a request and a promise or an order and an order confirmation.
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Supporting Inter-Business Collaboration via Contract Negotiation and Enactment
Peter Rittgen (University College of Borås, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-106-3.ch032
The increasing complexity of products and services encourages more and more companies to form collaborative networks. As these companies are independent organizations there often is an issue of governance. We suggest a possible architecture for such a business network that proposes a frame contract as the principal means of coordination and describes how such a contract can be designed and enacted. Often frame contracts are written in natural language which makes it difficult to govern the network effectively and efficiently. We therefore introduce a structured method that can support the design of such an agreement and ensure that its terms are observed in business transactions. We interpret governance as the management of workflows between the organizations, hence the contract consists primarily of business process models. We propose a method to negotiate these models among the member organizations of the network and to enact them with the help of an interorganizational workflow system.
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The action of obligating oneself to a course of action (as by a promise or vow) An act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment: [WITH INFINITIVE]: I have an obligation to look after he Examples of OBLIGATION She believes that all people have a moral obligation to defend human rights. He argues that people in a community have certain obligations to each other.
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Electronic Business Contracts Between Services
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