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.