Title: CORVETTE: a cooperative workflow for virtual teams coordination

Authors: K. Baina, F. Charoy, C. Godart, D. Grigori, S. el Hadri, H. Skaf, S. Akifuji, T. Sakaguchi, Y. Seki, M. Yoshioka

Addresses: ECOO Team, LORIA/INRIA, Campus Scientifique, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex, France. ' ECOO Team, LORIA/INRIA, Campus Scientifique, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex, France. ' ECOO Team, LORIA/INRIA, Campus Scientifique, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex, France. ' ECOO Team, LORIA/INRIA, Campus Scientifique, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex, France. ' ECOO Team, LORIA/INRIA, Campus Scientifique, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex, France. ' ECOO Team, LORIA/INRIA, Campus Scientifique, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex, France. ' Hitachi SDL, Kawasaki Lab., 1099, Ohzenji, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 215-0013, Japan. ' Hitachi SDL, Kawasaki Lab., 1099, Ohzenji, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 215-0013, Japan. ' Hitachi SDL, Kawasaki Lab., 1099, Ohzenji, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 215-0013, Japan. ' Hitachi SDL, Kawasaki Lab., 1099, Ohzenji, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 215-0013, Japan

Abstract: Workflow management systems are now widely deployed for handling administrative and production applications. In order that the workflow management systems keep supporting a larger range of applications, several research works have been launched to improve the workflow technology. This paper reports on the CORVETTE project, an experiment in developing a cooperative workflow management system by integrating a workflow management system commercialised by Hitachi Ltd. with a cooperation technology proposed by INRIA. A cooperative workflow management system is a system gathering workflow management functionalities and having capabilities to manage cooperative behaviours characteristics of creative application processes (e.g. in codesign and coengineering). In this kind of applications, interactions between activities are characterised by being more subtle than in traditional applications (i.e. non-scheduled, unpredictable, dynamic, etc.). More precisely, CORVETTE was targeted to support coordination workflow processes of a virtual team working over the internet.

Keywords: workflow management systems; cooperative processes; team coordination; virtual teams; teamwork; cooperative transaction model; workflow coordination; internet.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2004.005489

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2004 Vol.2 No.3, pp.232 - 245

Available online: 12 Oct 2004 *

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