IFIP Working Group 5.5 Cooperation Infrastructure for Virtual Enterprises and electronic Business (COVE)
est. 2001


To promote and encourage the research and technological development on many aspects of business practices, advanced tools and mechanisms, and forthcoming standards, in the areas of virtual organizations, virtual enterprises, and advanced electronic business models.

To contribute to the harmonization and knowledge dissemination of world-wide research results on virtual organizations and collaborative networks, and to foster needed collaborative developments.

  • Reference architectures for virtual organizations including life cycle models
  • Collaboration models in networked organizations
  • Interoperability infrastructures in collaborative web-based environments
  • Safe communications and authentication frameworks
  • Distributed/federated information and knowledge management
  • Assessment of the role of ontology and standards
  • Planning and supervision of distributed business processes
  • New value systems and assessment methods
  • Collaboration coordination and management
  • Supporting functions for the full life cycle of collaborative networks
  • Novel paradigms and methods to support distributed collaborative processes.