The Enterprise Interoperability Center - An Institutional Framework Facilitating Enterprise Interoperability

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During the last years, electronic collaboration between enterprises has significantly increased. To seamlessly integrate applications across company boundaries, all stakeholders have to adhere to common standards. Currently, cross-organizational business relationships are setup based on a plethora of standards that involve different technical representations, semantics, process specifications and also vary with respect to scope and granularity. The resulting business standards dilemma prevents corporations from seamlessly cooperating with each other. State-of-the-art standards tackle parts of this interoperability issue by providing flexible and semantically more precise specifications, but have not yet been widely adopted. The abundance of different standards, but also the frequently divergent interests of stakeholders involved in the development and adoption of standards prevents enterprises from seamlessly interconnecting their applications. In this work, we leverage institutional economics to elaborate on a novel approach to facilitating enterprise interoperability. Not the creation of yet another standard, but the establishment and fostering of a proper institutional framework will significantly reduce the stakeholders' uncertainty in deciding for and adopting a standard and thus drive seamless cross-organizational interoperability. A key outcome of the ATHENA-project, the Enterprise Interoperability Center (EIC) is expected to provide such an institutional framework. This work is devoted to analyzing this center on the basis of institutional economics in order to derive essential recommendations for it to emerge as the prevailing reference point for e-Business standards and to thus accelerate the seamless and efficient electronic collaboration between enterprises.

Authors Frenzel, Petra; Schroth, Christoph & Samsonova, Tatjana
Editors Österle, Hubert; Schelp, Joachim & Winter, Robert
Projects Schroth, Christoph; Janner, Till; Bucherer, Eva & Hoyer, Volker (2006) GENESIS [applied research project] Official URL
Language English
Keywords Enterprise Interoperability, Innovation Diffusion, Cross-organizational Business Collaboration, Enterprise Interoperability Center, EIC, Institutional Economics, Institutions, Institutional Change, e-Business Standards, Development and Adoption of Standards
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 7 June 2007
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Place of Publication AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Page Range 12
Title of Book Relevant rigour - rigorous relevance : 15th European Conference on Information Systems ; ECIS 2007
Event Title 15th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2007
Event Location St. Gallen, Switzerland
Event Dates 07-09.06.2007
Official URL
Depositing User Christoph Schroth
Date Deposited 01 Apr 2007 10:35
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Frenzel, Petra; Schroth, Christoph & Samsonova, Tatjana: The Enterprise Interoperability Center - An Institutional Framework Facilitating Enterprise Interoperability. 2007. - 15th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2007. - St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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