Scalable Regulation of Inter-enterprise Electronic Commerce

  • Naftaly H. Minsky
  • Victoria Ungureanu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2232)


In the current electronic-commerce literature, a commercial transaction is commonly viewed as an exchange between two autonomous principals operating under some kind of contract between them—which needs to be formalized and enforced. But the situation can be considerably more complex in the case of inter-enterprise (also called businessto- business, or B2B) commerce. The participants in a B2B transaction are generally not autonomous agents, since their commercial activities are subject to the policies of their respective enterprises.

It is our thesis, therefore, that a B2B transaction should be viewed as being governed by three distinct policies: the two policies that regulate the activities of the two principals, while operating as representatives of their respective enterprises, and the policy that reflects the contract between the two enterprises. These policies are likely to be independently developed, and may be quite heterogeneous. Yet, they have to interoperate, and must all be brought to bear in regulating each B2B transaction. This paper presents a mechanism for formulating such interoperating policies, and for their scalable enforcement, thus providing for regulated inter-enterprise electronic commerce.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naftaly H. Minsky
    • 1
  • Victoria Ungureanu
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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