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 publication5th IFIP Conference e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government, I3E 2005
    EditorsMatohisa Funabashi, Adam Grzech
    Place of PublicationBoston, USA
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)0387287531
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
    Event5th IFIP Conference e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government, I3E 2005: Challenges of Expanding Internet: e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government - Poznan, Poland
    Duration: 26 Oct 200528 Oct 2005
    Conference number: 5

    Publication series

    NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
    ISSN (Print)1571-5736


    Conference5th IFIP Conference e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government, I3E 2005
    Abbreviated titleI3e


    • SCS-Services
    • IR-61787
    • Cross-organizational workflows
    • METIS-229372
    • Web Services
    • EWI-10441
    • Process Design

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