Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Workflow Management Systems

  • Mor PelegEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_80816


Business-process management systems; Workflow management system


According to the Workflow Management Coalition, a workflow management system is a system that completely defines, manages, and executes workflows through the execution of software whose order of execution is driven by a computer representation of the workflow logic.

Workflow Model

A workflow model includes two parts: a model of the workflow process, including the activities, their order, and their start and termination conditions, and a model of the organization at which the workflow takes place, including the individual actors, the organizational roles, and departmental units who all perform workflow activities. A workflow process is performed for cases that trigger it (e.g., item order, a candidate’s application). A workflow task performed for a specific case is called “workflow item.” Workflow items are performed by a participant: an organizational actor, role, unit, or resource. An activity is a...

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    van der Aalst WMP. The application of Petri nets to workflow management. J Circuits Syst Comput. 1998;8(1):21–66.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vipul Kashyap
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical ProgramsCIGNA HealthcareBloomfieldUSA