Contracts for Cross-Organizational Workflow Management

M.J. Koetsier, P.W.P.J. Grefen, J. Vonk

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    Nowadays, many organizations form dynamic partnerships to deal effectively with market requirements. As companies use automated workflow management systems (WFMSs) to control their processes, a way of linking workflow processes in different organizations is required for turning the cooperating companies into a seamless operating virtual enterprise. The CrossFlow Esprit project aims at developing information technology for advanced workflow support in dynamic virtual organizations with contract based service trading. Contracts are necessary for flexible service outsourcing. This paper presents contracts as the basis for finding suitable partners, connecting WFMSs of different kinds, controlling outsourced workflow, and sharing an ion of the workflow specification between partners. CrossFlow contracts define the data, process, and conditions relevant to the cooperation and the outsourced workflow process on an abstract level. This information can be fed through an interface to the WFMSs of partners in a virtual enterprise to automate the co-operation between the partners completely.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElectronic Commerce and Web Technologies
    Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference, EC-Web 2000 London, UK, September 4–6, 2000 Proceedings
    EditorsKurt Bauknecht, Sanjay Kumar Madria, Günther Pernul
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-44463-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-67981-3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000
    Event1st International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies, EC-Web 2000 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Sep 20006 Sep 2000
    Conference number: 1

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference1st International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies, EC-Web 2000
    Abbreviated titleEC-Web
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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    • METIS-119624
    • EWI-10561
    • IR-19101


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