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An Evaluation of Inter-Organizational Workflow Modelling Formalisms

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  • Aymeric Dussart
  • Benoit A. Aubert

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  • Michel Patry

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    This paper evaluates the dynamic aspects of the UML in the context of inter-organizational workflows. Two evaluation methodologies are used. The first one is ontological and is based on the BWW (Bunge-Wand-Weber) models. The second validation is based on prototyping and consists in the development of a workflow management system in the aerospace industry. Both convergent and divergent results are found from the two validations. Possible enhancements to the UML formalism are suggested from the convergent results. On the other hand, the divergent results suggest the need for a contextual specification in the BWW models. Ce travail consiste en une évaluation des aspects dynamiques du language UML dans un contexte de workflow inter-organisationnel. Le choix du language par rapport à d'autres est motivé par sa richesse grammaticale lui offrant une très bonne adaptation à ce contexte. L'évaluation se fait par une validation ontologique basée sur les modèles BWW (Bunge-Wand-Weber) et par la réalisation d'un prototype de système de gestion de workflows inter-organisationnels. À partir des résultats convergents obtenus des deux différentes analyses, des améliorations au formalisme UML sont suggérées. D'un autre coté, les analyses divergentes suggèrent une possibilité de spécifier les modèles BWW à des contextes plus particuliers tels que ceux des workflows et permettent également de suggérer d'autres améliorations possibles au langage.

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    Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2002s-64.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jul 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2002s-64

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    Keywords: Ontology; Conceptual study; Prototype Validation; UML; IS development methods and tools.; Ontologie; étude conceptuelle; validation du prototype; UML; méthodes et outils de développement IS;

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    1. Garicano, Luis & Kaplan, Steven N, 2001. "The Effects of Business-to-Business E-Commerce on Transaction Costs," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(4), pages 463-85, December.
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    1. Benoit A. Aubert & Betty Vandenbosch & Muriel Mignerat, 2003. "Towards the Measurement of Process Integration," CIRANO Working Papers 2003s-04, CIRANO.

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