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Partial Completion of Activity in Business Process Specification

Partial Completion of Activity in Business Process Specification
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Author(s): Joe Y. C. Lin (The University of Queensland, Australia) and Maria E. Orlowska (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch045
ISBN13: 9781616921293
EISBN13: 9781466665354


We examine the current workflow modelling capability from a new angle and demonstrate a weakness of current workflow specification languages in relation to execution of activities. This shortcoming is mainly due to serious limitations of the corresponding computational/execution model behind the business process modelling language constructs. The main purpose of this paper is the introduction of new specification/ modelling constructs allowing for more precise representation of complex activity states during its execution. This new concept enables visibility of a new activity state – partial completion of activity, which in turn allows for a more flexible and precise enforcement/monitoring of automated business processes. This paper also shows feasibility of such extension to the current well-established workflows technology.

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