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Conversation-oriented protocols for contract negotiations

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2 Author(s)
J. E. Hanson ; IBM T.J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; Z. Milosevic

The expression of contracts in computer readable form, and the development of automated tests for completeness and well-formedness of contracts, has opened the door to significant advances in automating contract negotiation. To meet the needs of automation, such negotiations must follow explicitly specified message-exchange protocols. But to meet the needs of the negotiating parties, these protocols must be independent of the decision-making processes driving them as well as neutral to the outcome of the negotiations. In this paper we illustrate how both needs may be simultaneously met by a small set of conversation policies employed within a general purpose conversation support architecture.

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Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, 2003. Proceedings. Seventh IEEE International

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16-19 Sept. 2003