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A Commitment Reasoning Support System Lau, Lik Alaric


The concept of commitment has recently been adopted by researchers to model cooperative organizational activities. A commitment is an agreement by an agent to a requester to carry out a requested action. A Commitment Reasoning Support System (CRSS) is proposed in an attempt to support the reasoning process in deciding whether or not to make a commitment. An implementation of CRSS is constructed on the NeXT Computer System. An empirical study was conducted on the CRSS implementation. The findings show that the system is especially useful for commitment requests with high complexity and/or with important implications. The study also provides important conceptual insights in commitment reasoning for future research.

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