ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 3    Issue : 4    Date : April 2008

On Architectural Design of TrustMan System Applying HICI Analysis Results - The case of
technological perspective in VBEs
Simon Samwel Msanjila and Hamideh Afsarmanesh
Page(s): 17-30
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Organizations need to trust each other for smoothing their collaboration to both acquire and respond
to more and better business opportunities that none of them could do otherwise. However, in Virtual
organization Breeding Environments (VBEs) there are several difficulties related to the processes
that must be performed to facilitate organizations create trust to each other. The main cause of
these difficulties is the way these processes are currently performed which in most cases are ad
hoc and manual. Among others the processes include: assessing trust level of organizations,
creating trust among organizations, establishing trust relationships, and managing trust related
data. As a result, configuring virtual organizations (VOs) within the VBE environment is becoming
challenging and difficult. To match the pace in the market these processes must be quickly
performed and must produce very accurate results. Thus they must now be supported with
semiautomatic systems. In order to properly assess trust level of organizations in VBEs, trust
elements and trust relationships must be thoroughly characterized. This paper addresses the
characterization of trust elements and automation of processes related to the management of trust
among organizations. It presents a three-stage approach for identifying and analyzing trust
elements. The identified trust elements and their related analysis results are then applied in the
design of mechanisms and architectures for Trust Management (TrustMan) system. The design of
two architectures (operational and componential) for TrustMan system is also presented in this

Index Terms
HICI, Trust elements, TrustMan system, VBE