Business collaboration is about coordinating the flow of information among organisations and linking their business processes. It brings great challenge to keep participating organisations as autonomous entities in integrating business processes of these organisations seamlessly. To address this issue, we develop a new perspective on business collaborations with a novel concept called relative workflow, which defines what a participating organisation can perceive in collaboration. By incorporating a visibility control mechanism, relative workflows allow each organisation to define its own collaboration structure and behaviours. In this paper, we present a formal definition of relative workflows and related algorithms for generating relative workflows, along with a discussion on how to perform tracking over relative workflows.
Lecture notes in computer science: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2005), Nancy, France, 05-08 September 2005 / Wil M. P. van der Aalst, Boualem Benatallah, Fabio Casati and Francisco Curbera (eds.),
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