Encyclopedia of Database Systems

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

Process Life Cycle

  • Nathaniel PalmerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_825


Process state model; Thread lifecycle; Workflow lifecycle


The stages of life from the start to the end of a process instance within the context of workflow management.

Key Points

The Process Life Cycle represents the stages of a process instance as it evolves from instantiation to termination. This life cycle is most closely related to the life cycle of a thread, and is distinct from the life cycle approach to Business Process Management initiatives, involving an iterative or recursive evolution through the five stages of design, modeling, execution, monitoring, and optimization.

The latter notion of Business Process Management Life cycle is associated with the discipline of continuous process improvement, whereby processes are never deemed “complete” and thus no longer subject to change, but rather are continuously improved through multiple instances of execution, examination, and modification. In contrast, the Process Life Cycle as defined herein refers to the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Workflow Management CoalitionHinghamUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Pernici
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  1. 1.Dept. di Elettronica e InformazionePolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly