Type of Publication: Article in Collected Edition

E-Business Interoperability - A Systematization Attempt Based on the Morphology Concept

Author(s):
Dorloff, F. -D.; Jahns, V.; Schmitz, V.
Editor:
Kajan, E.
Title of Anthology:
Electronic Business Interoperability: Concepts, Opportunities and Challenges
Publisher:
IGI Global
Location(s):
Hershey
Publication Date:
2011
ISBN:
978-1609604851
Language:
English
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-485-1
Citation:
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Abstract

A long-standing and important goal in the field of e-business is to achieve interoperability between interacting commercial, private, and public partners, as well as to support it by adequate communication and information systems. For the design and realization of such interoperable systems many instruments, methods, and technologies were developed in the past, e.g., standards and ontologies for the exchange of data and knowledge. Most of them focus on the technical issues of interoperability. But in practice e-business refers to interactions between self-determined, goal-driven social-technical systems. Thus, further aspects like targets, organizations, business processes, and social relationships have to be modeled and discussed. Therefore, we plead for a more holistic understanding of interoperability in this chapter. Based on this extended perception of interoperability in e-business we will consider and discuss not only well known facets of interoperability, but also additional often neglected facets of interoperability, and we try to systematize them with the aid of the concept of morphology.