Norm Conflicts and Inconsistencies in Virtual Organisations

Martin J. Kollingbaum, Timothy J. Norman, Alun Preece, Derek Sleeman

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Organisation-oriented approaches to the formation of multi-agent systems use roles and norms to describe an agent’s social position within an artificial society or Virtual Organisation. Norms are descriptive information for a role – they determine the obligations and social constraints for an agent’s actions. A legal instrument for establishing such norms are contracts signed by agents when they adopt one or more roles. A common problem in open Virtual Organisations is the occurrence of conflicts between norms – agents may sign different contracts with conflicting norms or organisational changes may revoke permissions or enact dormant obligations. Agents that populate such Virtual Organisations can remain operational only if they are able to resolve such conflicts. In this paper, we discuss, how agents can identify these conflicts and resolve them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems II
Subtitle of host publicationAAMAS 2006 and ECAI 2006 International Workshops, COIN 2006 Hakodate, Japan, May 9, 2006 Riva del Garda, Italy, August 28, 2006 Revised Selected Papers
EditorsPablo Noriega, Javier Vázquez-Salceda, Guido Boella, Olivier Boissier, Virginia Dignum, Nicoletta Fornara, Eric Matson
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-74459-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-74457-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence


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