Engineering organisation-oriented software

M. Kollingbaum, T. Norman, N. Mehandjiev, K. Brown

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Abstract

The conventional ways of building software are accepted to produce rigid systems that impede the processes of change typical for contemporary organisations. In this paper, we propose that software can be made more adaptable and tuned to the needs of changing organisations, if it is built using organisation-inspired principles and software structures such as Virtual Organisations, roles and norms. Agent-based software engineering is already using these principles, and we extend the state of the art in that domain by proposing an "open systems" approach, where agents can join and leave Virtual Organisations at will, taking on different roles as needed. Reasoning on organisational roles and norms is facilitated by formalised contract templates and automatic conflict resolution strategies. In terms of overall lifecycle, a system is initiated to satisfy a set of formalised requirements. Agents respond to bids for joining a Virtual Organisation, where each bid is for a contract-based coalition. In this paper, we describe our approach and outline a set of research challenges. Copyright 2006 ACM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering|Proc Int Conf Software Eng
Pages23-28
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event2nd International Workshop on Interdisciplinary Software Engineering Research, WISER'06, Co-located with the 28th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2006 - Shanghai
Duration: 1 Jul 2006 → …

Conference

Conference2nd International Workshop on Interdisciplinary Software Engineering Research, WISER'06, Co-located with the 28th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2006
CityShanghai
Period1/07/06 → …

Keywords

  • distributed constraints
  • multi-agent systems
  • virtual organisations

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