Software & Systems Modeling

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 319–323

Workflow patterns put into context

  • W. M. P. van der Aalst
  • A. H. M. ter Hofstede
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DOI: 10.1007/s10270-012-0233-4

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van der Aalst, W.M.P. & ter Hofstede, A.H.M. Softw Syst Model (2012) 11: 319. doi:10.1007/s10270-012-0233-4


In his paper “Approaches to Modeling Business Processes. A Critical Analysis of BPMN, Workflow Patterns and YAWL”, Egon Börger criticizes the work of the Workflow Patterns Initiative in a rather provocative manner. Although the workflow patterns and YAWL are well established and frequently used, Börger seems to misunderstand the goals and contributions of the Workflow Patterns Initiative. Therefore, we put the workflow patterns and YAWL in their historic context. Moreover, we address some of the criticism of Börger by pointing out the real purpose of the workflow patterns and their relationship to formal languages (Petri nets) and real-life WFM/BPM systems.


Workflow patterns YAWL Petri nets Business process management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. M. P. van der Aalst
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. H. M. ter Hofstede
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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