Electronic Contracting for Inter-Enterprise Collaboration

A Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a temporal alliance between two or more Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) geographically dispersed, which collaborate together in order to reach new business opportunities that would be unreachable in other ways. It is a business collaboration paradigm that aims at responding to the uncertainty and instability of the current global economy. VE requires support for electronic contract management, since electronic contracts formalize the agreements between the participating enterprises and coordinate their behavior. Although there is an abundance of previous work on electronic contracts, there is a lack of models and approaches related to VE contracts, which have an intrinsic dynamic and flexible nature, since they regulate independent behavior of diverse parties, and also aim at high automation in the formation and execution. This thesis aims at contributing to the VE contracting challenge….


Chapter 1: Background
Chapter 2: Problem definition/Goals
Chapter 3: Methodology
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Contract specification
3.3 Introduction
Chapter 4: State of the art in electronic contracting
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Contract specification
4.2.1 Related work on contract specification
4.3 Deontic logic and norms
4.4 Ontologies
4.5 Relevant approaches related to electronic contracts
Chapter 5: Representation language for contracting
5.1 Overview
5.2 Contract structure
5.3 Header
5.3.1 Rolelist
5.3.2 Participants
5.3.3 Duration
5.4 The core of the contract
5.4.1 ServiceList
5.4.2 Clauses
5.4.3 Trusted Third Party
5.5 Contract example
Chapter 6: Layered Contract Ontology
6.1 Layered Structure
6.2 Top Level Contract Ontology
6.2.1 VE_Contract
6.2.2 Enterprise
6.2.4 Role
6.2.5 Deontic_Assignment
6.2.6 Obligation
6.2.7 Permission
6.2.8 Prohibition
6.2.9 Clause_State
6.2.10 Committed
6.2.11 Fulfilled
6.2.12 Not_Fulfilled
6.2.13 Activating_Condition
6.2.14 Action
6.3 Domain Level Contract
6.3.1 Seller
6.3.2 Buyer
6.3.3 Deliver
6.3.4 Pay
6.3.5 Product
Chapter 7: Validation
Chapter 8: Discussion
Chapter 9: Results and conclusions

Author: Maria Perez

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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