E-Alliance : A negotiation infrastructure for virtual alliances
Jean-Marc Andreoli, Stefania Castellani, Olivier Boissier, Mihnea Bratu, Ilham Alloui, Karim Megzari
In this paper we provide an overview of E-Alliance, a software infrastructure
we are defining for supporting negotiation activities in concurrent
inter-organisational alliances. Our baseline is to offer a collaboration
framework which fully preserves the autonomy of organisations grouped in an
alliance, while enabling concurrency of their activities, flexibility of their
negotiations and dynamic evolution of their environment. We propose a
negotiation support to the managers of the organisations belonging to such
alliances, which combines different technologies, such as software engineering
techniques, middleware-level coordination facilities and multi-agent systems
support. We present our approach in the context of a sample scenario of an
alliance where partners are printshops capable of (out/in) sourcing print jobs
among them for better accomplishing their customers'requests.
"Group Decision and Negotiation" Journal, March 2003, Volume 12, Issue 2.
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