A Human-Oriented Tuning of Workflow Management Systems

  • Irene Vanderfeesten
  • Hajo A. Reijers
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3649)


Workflow Management Systems (WfMS’s) offer a tremendous potential for organizations. Shorter lead times, less mistakes in work handoffs, and a better insight into process execution are some of the most notable advantages experienced in practice. At the same time, the introduction of these systems on the work floor undoubtedly brings great changes in the way that professionals work. If a WfMS’s work coordination is experienced as too rigid or mechanistic, this may negatively affect employees’ motivation, performance and satisfaction. In this paper, we propose a set of measures to “tune” functioning workflow systems and minimize such effects. The measures we propose do not require undue cost, time, or organizational changes, as they characteristically lie within the configuration options of a WfMS. We have asked an expert panel to select and validate the 6 most promising measures, which we present in this paper. From our evaluation of three commercial WfMS’s, we conclude that it depends on the specific system to what level these general measures can be easily implemented.


Business Process Management Work Item Assignment Policy Promising Measure Skill Variety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Vanderfeesten
    • 1
  • Hajo A. Reijers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Technology ManagementEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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