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Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 127–141 | Cite as

E-Alliance: A Negotiation Infrastructure for Virtual Alliances

  • Stefania Castellani
  • Jean Marc Andreoli
  • Mihnea Bratu
  • Olivier Boissier
  • Ilham Alloui
  • Karim Megzari
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Abstract

In this paper we provide an overview of E-Alliance, a software infrastructure we are developing to support 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 to support negotiation between the partners within such alliances by combining different technologies, such as software engineering techniques, middleware-level coordination facilities and multiagent 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 to better accomplish their customers' requests.

interaction protocol middleware multi-agent systems negotiation virtual enterprises 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefania Castellani
    • 1
  • Jean Marc Andreoli
    • 1
  • Mihnea Bratu
    • 2
  • Olivier Boissier
    • 2
  • Ilham Alloui
    • 3
  • Karim Megzari
    • 2
  1. 1.Xerox Research Centre EuropeMeylanFrance
  2. 2.ENS Mines de Saint-EtienneSaint-EtienneFrance
  3. 3.LISTIC, ESIAAnnecyFrance

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