Role transfer problems and algorithms

Haibin Zhu, Meng Chu Zhou

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Role transfer is a usual activity in an organization, particularly in a crisis situation. Role assignment and transfer regulations are important to accomplish it. This paper discusses the general role transfer problem; proposes a role specification mechanism; builds a set of terminologies for role transfer based on a revised Environment-Class, Agent, Role, Group, and Object model; and presents algorithms to validate role transfer while maintaining group viability. The contributions include formulating the problem of role transfer in a generalized form, developing a set of algorithms, and presenting a solution when group members are insufficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1442-1450
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A:Systems and Humans
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Emergency management
  • Information systems
  • Organization
  • Role
  • Role transfer


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