A business collaboration is defined as a (possibly temporary) configuration of two or more business roles resulting in specific collective behaviour in a particular context.

Unlike a single business role, a business collaboration does not necessarily have a permanent status in an organisation. Thus it may be a temporary collaboration. It may not require a special name and can be regarded as a "virtual" role.

A business collaboration can occur when two or more business roles need to fulfil specific interaction requirements. Business collaborations represent the collective effort of combined business roles.

The name of a business collaboration should preferably be a noun.

Category: Business Layer and Active structure aspect

Examples: The business roles of Sales Department and Advertising may form a temporary business collaboration in order to push a product to market. The business roles of Home Insurance Seller and Travel Insurance Seller may form a temporary business collaboration in order to form combined Insurance Selling service.

Typical Connections:

  • Aggregation - business role
  • Assignment - business interaction
  • Used By - business interface, application interface

Source: Archi - The Free ArchiMate Modelling Tool - Hint for the model element.

Alongside the breadcrumbs for this item which shows its "ancestry" in concept space, the Child items tab lists its descendants, and the Siblings items tab the concepts that exist under the item's "parent item".