Service Federation in Virtual Organizations

  • L. M. Camarinha-Matos
  • H. Afsarmanesh
  • E. C. Kaletas
  • T. Cardoso
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 77)


The practical implantation of the concept of dynamic virtual enterprise is still far from expectations due to a number of factors such as the lack of appropriate interoperable infrastructures and tools, lack of common ontology, and the socio-organizational difficulties. However, the creation of industry clusters supported by advanced information and communication tools can meanwhile provide a basis for the rapid creation of dynamic virtual enterprises in response to the market opportunities. A federated service management approach is introduced in this context and its application to the tourism industry is discussed. Finally, the support for the aggregation of simpler services into value-added services, implemented by distributed business processes within different organizations, is presented.

Key words

virtual organization service federation virtual enterprise industry cluster. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. M. Camarinha-Matos
    • 1
  • H. Afsarmanesh
    • 2
  • E. C. Kaletas
    • 2
  • T. Cardoso
    • 1
  1. 1.New University of LisbonCaparicaPortugal
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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