Execution system for distributed business processes in a virtual enterprise

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New cooperative approaches for manufacturing and service industries, as represented by the virtual enterprise paradigm, are enabled by the recent advances in communication technologies, computer networks, and logistics. The implantation of this paradigm requires the design and development of a flexible execution environment to support the distributed business processes that materialize the cooperation in a network of enterprises. A configurable architecture for such execution system is proposed focusing the support for multi-level process coordination. A set of examples to illustrate the adopted concepts and developed tools are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1021
Number of pages13
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems - The International Journal of Grid Computing and eScience
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


  • Coordination
  • Distributed business process
  • Virtual enterprise
  • Workflow


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