Adaptation and Value Creating Collaborative Networks

Volume 362 of the series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology pp 297-305

Modelling Virtual Organisations: Structure and Reconfigurations

  • Stephan Reiff-MarganiecAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Leicester
  • , Noor J. RajperAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Leicester


Organisations have to adapt rapidly to survive in today’s diverse and rapidly changing environments. The idea of virtual organisations emerged as an answer. There is a strong need to understand virtual organisations (VOs) in a formal way: changes can have side effects and hence one might wish to understand precisely what consequences a change might have. The Virtual Organisation Modelling Language (VOML) consists of sub-languages to model different aspects of VOs such as their structure or operational models: VO-S deals with structural aspects while VO-R addresses reconfigurations. The concepts are exemplified through a travel booking VO that needs to cope with extra demands imposed by a large event such as the Olympic games.


Virtual Organisations Structural Model Reconfigurations