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Modern Business Process Automation

YAWL and its Support Environment

  • Arthur H. M.  Hofstede
  • Wil M. P. Aalst
  • Michael Adams
  • Nick Russell


  • The book is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of YAWL and its support environment

  • Emerging areas such as declarative workflow specification and process configuration are exposed to a wider audience for the first time in textbook form

  • The book provides a sound basis for workflow concepts on the one hand and a detailed discussion of their technical realisation on the other hand

  • Readers will gain an understanding of advanced concepts in the field of Business Process Management that will accelerate and deepen their understanding of new systems and languages


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-15
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wil van der Aalst, Michael Adams, Arthur ter Hofstede, Nick Russell
      Pages 3-19
  3. Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 22-22
    2. Nick Russell, Arthur ter Hofstede
      Pages 23-102
    3. Moe Wynn, Wil van der Aalst, Arthur ter Hofstede
      Pages 103-119
  4. Flexibility and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 122-122
    2. Michael Adams
      Pages 123-145
    3. Michael Adams, Nick Russell
      Pages 147-173
    4. Maja Pesic, Helen Schonenberg, Wil van der Aalst
      Pages 175-201
  5. The Core System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 204-204
    2. Michael Adams, Marlon Dumas, Marcello La Rosa
      Pages 205-220
    3. Stephan Clemens, Marcello La Rosa, Arthur ter Hofstede
      Pages 221-239
    4. Michael Adams
      Pages 241-257
  6. Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 260-260
    2. Michael Adams
      Pages 261-290
    3. Michael Adams
      Pages 291-326
    4. Maja Pesic, Helen Schonenberg, Wil van der Aalst
      Pages 327-343
  7. Positioning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 346-346
    2. Gero Decker, Remco Dijkman, Marlon Dumas, Luciano García-Bañuelos
      Pages 347-368

About this book


Topics covered include:

  • The fundamentals of business process modeling, including workflow patterns;
  • An in-depth treatment of process flexibility, including approaches to dealing with on-the-fly changes, unexpected exceptions, and constraint-based processes;
  • Technological aspects of a modern BPM environment, including its architecture,  process design environment, process engine, resource handler and other support services;
  • A comparative insight into current approaches to business process modeling and execution such as BPMN, EPCs, BPEL, jBPM, OpenWFE, and Enhydra Shark;
  • Process mining, verification, integration and configuration; and
  • Case studies in health care and screen business.


This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the field of Business Process Management (BPM) with a focus on Business Process Automation. It achieves this by covering a wide range of topics, both introductory and advanced, illustrated through and grounded in the YAWL (Yet Another Workflow Language) language and corresponding open-source support environment. In doing so it provides the reader with a deep, timeless, and vendor-independent understanding of the essential ingredients of business process automation.

The BPM field is in a continual state of flux and is subject to both the ongoing proposal of new standards and the introduction of new tools and technology. Its fundamentals however are relatively stable and this book aims to equip the reader with both a thorough understanding of them and the ability to apply them to better understand, assess and utilize new developments in the BPM field.

As a consequence of its topic-based format and the inclusion of a broad range of exercises, the book is eminently suitable for use in tertiary education, both at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level, for students of computer science and information systems. BPM researchers and practitioners will also find it a valuable resource. The book serves as a unique reference to a varied and comprehensive collection of topics that are relevant to the business process life-cycle.


BPEL BPM BPMN Business Process Management Business Process Mining Business Process Model and Notation Business Process Modeling Open Source Simulation Workflow Management YAWL business process information system modeling process management

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur H. M.  Hofstede
    • 1
  • Wil M. P. Aalst
    • 2
  • Michael Adams
    • 3
  • Nick Russell
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Information SystemsQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Dept. Mathematics & Computer ScienceEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenNetherlands
  3. 3.School of Information SystemsQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Fac. Technology ManagementEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenNetherlands

About the editors

Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede, PhD, is a Professor at Queensland University of Technology. He is an original contributor to the well-known workflow patterns as well as a codesigner of the YAWL language and manager of the development of its open-source support environment.

Wil M.P. van der Aalst, PhD, is a Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. He is coauthor of the textbook Workflow Management: Models, Methods, and Systems and editor of several other books in the areas of Business Process Management and Petri nets.

Michael Adams, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. He has developed the concepts of Worklets and Exlets to deal with workflow evolution and unexpected exceptions in YAWL. In addition, he is currently the technical lead of the YAWL support environment.

Nick Russell, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has conducted extensive research in the area of workflow patterns leading to collections of control-flow, data, resource and exception handling patterns. This work formed the basis for newYAWL and the solutions to resource and exception handling in YAWL 2.0.

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