A key planning activity within a Virtual Enterprise (VE) is to establish agreed inter-organizational processes. This activity, or meta-process, has to allow for gradual evolution of the VE processes and for a multi layer development from informal business agreements to precise workflows. To support this meta-process, a collaborative electronic whiteboard supported by a tuplespace is proposed. The whiteboard supports a mixed graphical and text interface, with support for keeping track of the changes made. The participating organizations upload workflow definitions from their own IT systems into the tuplespace. Workflows are then discussed, modified and evolved before being downloaded again and mapped to the partners’ individual systems.
Bright, Damien; Quirchmayr, Gerald; and Tagg, Roger, "Supporting Collaborative Communication in a Multi-layer Meta-process Model for Evolutionary Shared Workflows" (2004). ICEB 2004 Proceedings (Beijing, China). 116.