An Analysis and Taxonomy of Unstructured Workflows

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An Analysis and Taxonomy of Unstructured Workflows
Most workflow tools support structured workflows despite the fact that unstructured workflows can be more expressive. The reason for this is that unstructured workflows are more prone to errors. In this paper, we describe a taxonomy that serves as a framework for analyzing unstructured workflows. The taxonomy organizes unstructured workflows in terms of two considerations: improper nesting and mismatched split-join pairs. Based on this taxonomy we characterize situations that are well-behaved and others that are not. We also discuss well-behaved unstructured workflows that have equivalent structured mappings. Finally, we also introduce a relaxed notion of correctness called quasi-equivalence that is based on one-directional bisimulation. The results of our research will be useful for researchers investigating expressiveness and correctness issues in unstructured workflows.
Rong Liu, Akhil Kumar
Added 26 Jun 2010
Updated 26 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Where BPM
Authors Rong Liu, Akhil Kumar
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