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|Title: ||MULTIPLE AGENT FORMALISMS FOR COORDINATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL PROBLEMS|
|Authors: ||Johar, Hardeep|
|Issue Date: ||Nov-1991 |
|Publisher: ||Stern School of Business, New York University|
|Series/Report no.: ||IS-91-36|
|Abstract: ||Many organizational problems are ill-structured where the structure of a
problem is not apparent at the outset of the problem solving process.
Agents responsible for these problems often decompose them into
subproblems the solution of which is the responsibility of other agents.
These problems are only nearly independent in the sense that temporal
and technical dependencies exist between the different subproblems.
Since the problems are interdependent, coordinating the activities of
the different agents is important for ensuring that the partial
solutions discovered by these different agents are not conflicting in
terms of global consistency. Usual mechanisms for coordination include
communication and negotiation between agents of interrelated problems.
In this paper we describe a formalism for coordination in multiple agent
ill-structured problems based on four properties of tasks, atomicity,
serializability, completeness and soundness. We examine how these
properties are essential for handling conflict resolution. We also
outline some requirements for control.|
|Appears in Collections:||IOMS: Information Systems Working Papers|
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