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Contribution Details

Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Software Tools for a Process Handbook
Organization Unit
  • Abraham Bernstein
  • Chrysanthos Dellarocas
  • Thomas W. Malone
  • John Quimby
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
Journal Title IEEE-Data Engineering
Geographical Reach international
Volume 18
Number 1
Page Range 41 - 48
Date 1995
Abstract Text This paper provides a progress report on the development of software tools in the Process Handbook project currently underway at the MIT Center for Coordination Science. We begin with a brief overview of the project as a whole. Then we focus on software tools emphasizing aspects that relate to workflow control. Finally, we conclude with a brief description of future avenues of research. The process handbook tools help (a) redesign existing organizational processes, (b)invent new organizational processes that take advantage of information technologyand finally (c) automatical ly generate software to support organizational processes. An important related goal is the ability to (d) import and export process descriptions from and to other process modeling architectures. The approach combines in a novel way the ideas of process decomposition, process specialization, and the coordination of dependencies between activities. The paper presents an overview of findings from multiple implementations of this approach.
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