Enabling Trustworthy Collaboration for Sustainable Transformation


  • Marius Becherer School of Business, UNSW Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Michael Zipperle School of Business, UNSW Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Omar K. Hussain School of Business, UNSW Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Frank den Hartog School of Systems & Computing, UNSW Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Yu Zhang School of Business, UNSW Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Elizabeth Chang School of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Achim Karduck Faculty of Computer Science, Furtwangen University, Furtwangen, Germany


As global resource consumption surges, the ‘Club of Rome’ highlights the risks of unchecked quantitative growth in our constrained world, advocating for a shift to qualitative growth. The Internet of Things (IoT)emerges as a pivotal tool in this transition, exemplified by its transformative impacts to coordinate complex activities efficiently while reducing resource consumption in cities like Barcelona and Singapore already today. However, intricate network challenges such as network control, interoperability, and resource constraints complicate efficient communication in a large-scale IoT network. Concurrently, establishing trust among diverse devices often becomes a paramount concern, hindering expansive collaboration across
domains and organisations. In response to these multifaceted challenges, the Social Internet of Things (SIoT) has been introduced to address intricate network challenges issues but also fosters a foundation of trust among devices. Despite, the potential benefits of developing trust in SIoT, one of the key challenges for the innovation adaption remains the determination of trust in continuously evolving and uncertain environments. Therefore, there is a need to understand specific situation and provide fine-grained trust mechanism to address multifaceted requirements and consider prevailing constraints of the environment. In this work, we study the existing literature on trust in the SIoT and present potential use cases of how trustworthy
collaboration between devices can help to enable the sustainable transformation. We discuss prevailing trust challenges and introduce a novel research framework for trustworthy collaboration to bridge the gap between theoretical trust research and their real-world applicability in the SIoT landscape. Achieving trustworthy collaboration between devices of various organisations will help to improve the activity orchestration while reducing resource consumption.

Keywords: Social Internet of Things, Trustworthiness, Collaboration, Sustainable Transformation, Trust Management, Trust Mechanism

Cite As

M. Becherer, M. Zipperle, O. Hussain, F. den Hartog, Y. Zhang, E. Chang, A. Karduck,
"Enabling Trustworthy Collaboration for Sustainable Transformation", Engineering
Intelligent Systems,
vol. 32 no. 1, pp. 43-51, 2024.