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Workflow Patterns: The Definitive Guide

by Nick Russell, Wil M P van der Aalst and Arthur ter Hofstede The MIT Press
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The study of business processes has emerged as a highly effective approach to co-ordinating an organisation's complex service- and knowledge-based activities. The growing field of business process management (BPM) focuses on methods and tools for designing, enacting, and analysing business processes. This volume offers a definitive guide to the use of patterns, which synthesise the wide range of approaches to modelling business processes. It provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to the well-known workflow patterns collection-recurrent, generic constructs describing common business process modelling and execution scenarios, presented in the form of problem-solution dialectics.

The underlying principles of the patterns approach ensure that they are independent of any specific enabling technology, representational formalism, or modelling approach and thus broadly applicable across the business process modelling and business process technology domains.

The authors, drawing on extensive research done by the Workflow Patterns Initiative, offer a detailed introduction to the fundamentals of business process modelling and management; describe three major pattern catalogues, presented from control-flow, data, and resource perspectives; and survey related BPM patterns. The book, a companion to the authoritative Workflow Patterns website, will be an essential resource for both academics and practitioners working in business process modelling and business process management.
Nick Russell is Principal Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. Wil van der Aalst is Distinguished University Professor at Technische UniversiteitEindhoven. He is the coauthor ofWorkflow Management: Models, Methods, andSystems and Modeling Business Processes: A Petri Net-OrientedApproach (both published by the MIT Press). Arthur ter Hofstede is Professor in the Information Systems School at QueenslandUniversity.