A multi-agent framework for the coordination and integration of information systems

Riyaz Sikora, Michael J. Shaw

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Abstract

This paper describes a framework for the coordination and integration of information systems. By modeling typical enterprise information systems as consisting of multiple agents with different functionalities, the methodology provides the representational formalism, coordination mechanisms, and control schemes necessary for integrating heterogeneous units of an information system while meeting such performance criteria as overall effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness, and robustness. The framework is applied to the development of a manufacturing information system for managing the production processes for making printed circuit boards. Performance results confirm that the system integration framework is important to support complex business processes that involve multiple steps of activities processed by a group of agents across a variety of functionalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalManagement Science
Volume44
Issue number11 PART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coordination Theory
  • Distributed Information Systems
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Intelligent Manufacturing
  • System Integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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