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Todays complex online applications often require the interaction of multiple services that potentially belong to different business entities. Interoperability is a core element of such an environment, yet not a straightforward one. In this paper, we argue that the emergence of interoperability is an economic process among rational agents and, although interoperability can be mutually beneficial for the involved parties, it is also costly and may fail to emerge. As a sample scenario, we considerdoi:10.1109/cec.2011.40 dblp:conf/wecwis/VakiliPMAK11 fatcat:r6uztsl7ovhfrjv7hfqxd423aq