Interorganizational workflow execution based on process agents and ECA rules

Donghui Lin*, Huanye Sheng, Toru Ishida

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


Flexibility, adaptation and distribution have been regarded as major challenges of modern interorganizational workflow. To address these issues, this paper proposes an interorganizational workflow execution framework based on process agents and ECA rules. In our framework, an interorganizational workflow is modeled as a multiagent system with a process agent for each organization. The whole execution is divided into two parts: the intra-execution, which means execution within a same organization, and the inter-execution, which represents interaction between organizations. For intra-execution, we use the method of transforming the graph-based local workflow into block-based workflow to design general ECA rules. ECA rules are used to control internal state transitions and process agents are used to control external state transitions of tasks in the local workflows. Inter-execution is realized by process agent interaction protocols. The proposed approach can provide flexible execution of interorganizational workflow with distributed organizational autonomy and adaptation. A case study of offshore software development is illustrated for the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1335-1342
Number of pages8
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • ECA rules
  • Interorganizational workflow
  • Process agent
  • Workflow execution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


Dive into the research topics of 'Interorganizational workflow execution based on process agents and ECA rules'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this