Cross-organizational workflows: A classification of design decisions

Pascal van Eck, Rieko Yamamoto, Jaap Gordijn, Roelf J. Wieringa

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    Web service technology enables organizations to open up their business processes and engage in tightly coupled business networks to jointly offer goods and services. This paper systematically investigates all decisions that have to be made in the design of such networks and the processes carried out by its participants. Three areas of different kinds of design decisions are identified: the value modeling area, which addresses economic viability of the network, the collaboration modeling area, which addresses how business partners interact to produce the goods or services identified in the value modeling area, and the workflow modeling area, which addresses the design of internal processes needed for the interactions identified in the collaboration modeling area.We show, by reporting on a real-world case study, that there are significant differences between these areas: design decisions are unique for each area, IT support for collaboration processes is orthogonal to IT support for workflows, and the role of web choreography standards such as BPEL4WS differs for both of them.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the CAiSE'05 Forum. The 17th Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering
    EditorsO. Belo, J. Eder, O Pastor, J. Falcao e Cunha
    Place of PublicationPorto, Portugal
    PublisherUniversity of Porto
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9727520782
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
    Event17th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2005 - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 13 Jun 200517 Jun 2005
    Conference number: 17

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    PublisherFaculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto


    Conference17th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2005
    Abbreviated titleCAiSE


    • SCS-Services
    • IR-64173
    • METIS-226685
    • EWI-10440

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