With limitations in nature, current workflow management systems are insufficient to meet the arising requirements from the evolving e-Business applications such as global running, process m igration, interorganisational cooperation etc. For this reason, this paper proposes a new architecture for workflow management systems, with an emphasis on supporting interorganisational interoperability, flexibility, reliability and scalability, based o n the Web service technology. With provision of a novel agreement management service and an enhanced definition template library, this architecture offers full support to business process collaborations among participating organisations, including both the horizontal and vertical partitioning schemes.
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