Service Oriented Computing and Applications

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 137–153

B2B collaboration through web services-based multi-agent system

Original Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11761-010-0061-8

Cite this article as:
Guo, L. SOCA (2010) 4: 137. doi:10.1007/s11761-010-0061-8


Web services open a door for better B2B collaboration in large distributed environment such as Internet. Process-oriented systems like workflow management systems have been taking the main role for web service-based B2B collaboration in such an environment. However, conventional workflow management systems don’t offer complete solutions for B2B collaborations considering many unsolved issues such as security, trust and complex and flexible interaction handling. In this paper, we propose a web service-based multi-agent platform, which can be used as a complementary solution for B2B collaborations. It fits naturally into the B2B interaction model and provides a very loosely coupled open system architecture.


B2BWeb servicesWorkflow managementP2P

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Computing GroupImperial College LondonLondonUK