Workflow view based E-contracts in a cross-organizational E-services environment

D.K.W. Chiu, K. Karlapalem, Qing Li, E. Kafeza

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In an e-service environment, workflow involves not only a single organization but also a number of business partners. Therefore, workflow inter-operability in such an environment is an important issue for enacting workflows. In this article, we introduce our approach of using workflow views as a fundamental support for E-service workflow inter-operability and for controlled visibility of (sub-)workflows by external parties. We discuss various aspects of a workflow view, and their semantics with example usage. Furthermore, we develop a contract model based on workflow views and demonstrate how management of e-contracts can be facilitated, with an Internet start-up E-service inter-organization workflow example.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-216
Number of pages24
JournalDistributed and Parallel Databases
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-organizational workflow
  • E-contract
  • E-service
  • Workflow management
  • Workflow views

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management


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