Workflow modeling for virtual processes: An order-preserving process-view approach

Duen-Ren Liu*, Minxin Shen

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Conducting workflow management allows virtual enterprises to collaboratively manage business processes. Given the diverse requirements of the participants involved in a business, providing various participants with adequate process information is critical to effective workflow management. This work describes a novel process-view, i.e., an abstracted process which is derived from a base process to provide abstraction, for modeling a virtual workflow process. The proposed process-view model enhances the conventional activity-based process models by providing different participants with various views of a process. Moreover, this work presents a novel order-preserving approach to derive a process-view from a base process. The approach proposed herein can preserve the original ordering of activities in the base process. Additionally, a formal model is presented to define an order-preserving process-view. Finally, an algorithm is proposed for automatically generating an order-preserving process-view. The proposed approach increases the flexibility and functionality of workflow management systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-532
Number of pages28
JournalInformation Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Process abstraction
  • Process modeling
  • Virtual workflow
  • Workflow management


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