Dynamic Business Networks: A Headache for Sustainable Systems Interoperability

  • Carlos Agostinho
  • Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5872)


Collaborative networked environments emerged with the spread of the internet, contributing to overcome past communication barriers, and identifying interoperability as an essential property. When achieved seamlessly, efficiency is increased in the entire product life cycle. Nowadays, most organizations try to attain interoperability by establishing peer-to-peer mappings with the different partners, or in optimized networks, by using international standard models as the core for information exchange. In current industrial practice, mappings are only defined once, and the morphisms that represent them, are hardcoded in the enterprise systems. This solution has been effective for static environments, where enterprise and product models are valid for decades. However, with an increasingly complex and dynamic global market, models change frequently to answer new customer requirements. This paper draws concepts from the complex systems science and proposes a framework for sustainable systems interoperability in dynamic networks, enabling different organizations to evolve at their own rate.


Interoperability Model Morphisms Complexity Dynamic Networks Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Agostinho
    • 1
  • Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas TecnologiasUNINOVA-GRIS, Group for the Research in Interoperability of SystemsCaparicaPortugal

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