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Workflow resource patterns

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
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  • Management Science: Report Series
  • Organizational Behavior. Organizational Development
  • Management Information Systems. Automated Accounting Systems
  • Workflow
  • Organisation Science
  • Organisation Development
  • Information Technology


WORKFLOW RESOURCE PATTERNS Nick Russell1, Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede1, David Edmond1 1Centre for Information Technology Innovation, Queensland University of Technology GPO Box 2434, Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia {n.russell,a.terhofstede,[email protected] Wil M.P. van der Aalst1,2 2Department of Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology GPO Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands [email protected] Abstract Workflow systems seek to provide an implementation vehicle for complex, re- curring business processes. Notwithstanding this common objective, there are a variety of distinct features offered by commercial workflow management systems. These differences result in significant variations in the ability of distinct tools to represent and implement the plethora of requirements that may arise in contem- porary business processes. Many of these requirements recur quite frequently during the requirements analysis activity for workflow systems and abstractions of these requirements serve as a useful means of identifying the key components of workflow languages. Previous work has identified a number of Workflow Control Patterns and Workflow Data Patterns, which characterize the range of control flow and data constructs that might be encountered when modelling and analysing workflows. In this paper, we describe a series ofWorkflow Resource Patterns that aim to cap- ture the various ways in which resources are represented and utilized in workflows. By delineating these Patterns in a form that is independent of specific workflow technologies and modelling languages, we are able to provide a comprehensive treatment of the resource perspective and we subsequently use these Patterns as the basis for a detailed comparison of a number of commercially available workflow management systems and business process modelling languages. Keywords: Patterns, Resource Modelling, Organisational Modelling, Work- flow Systems, Business Process Modelling 1 Introduction Over

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