Dr. Haruo Hayami
as recipient of first annual
Marvin L. Manheim Award
for Significant Contributions in the Field of Workflow
Dr Hayami with Layna Fischer, WfMC General Manager
March 6, 2002. San Francisco, CA.
The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) announced here today that Dr
Haruo Hayami of Japan is the recipient of the first annual Marvin L.
Manheim Award for significant contributions in the field of workflow.
Nominations were received for the Year 2001.
As one of the first to recognize the importance of linking workflows
across enterprises in support of cross-organizational e-commerce, Dr.
Hayami undertook research in this area early on, originating the simple
but expressive term "interworkflow" and proposing an interworkflow
application model. His many other major contributions to the promising
field of workflow technology include the development of prototype and
production interworkflow support systems facilitating the construction of
interworkflow process definitions.
“Some time ago, I decided that workflow linking was an important area that
deserved more attention. I then devoted several years to implementing this
concept, which I called ‘interworkflow.’ The research was carried out with
the cooperation of the WfMC members and many vendors,” said Dr Hayami at
the Award ceremony in San Francisco.”In that sense, this award is surely
not mine alone. I want to share the honor with the WfMC members and
cooperating vendors. Electronic commerce among enterprises is going to
grow in importance. Interworkflow is a key technology on which
inter-enterprise EC can be built.”
Dr. Hayami co-founded the WfMC Japan SIG, which he currently chairs. He
has published three books and several articles aimed at educating workflow
users and gaining wider use of the interworkflow technology.
After moving to the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in 1998, Dr. Hayami
applied for and won a development grant from the Information-technology
Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) under that organization's next-generation
digital infrastructure application technology development program. Backed
by several hundred million yen in development funding, he created a production-ready interworkflow support system and demonstrated the validity of the
technology. In the project, the WfMC Interface 4 protocol was implemented
on Hitachi's Groupmax and Toshiba's InConcert at a production level. The
results were announced in 1999 at the WfMC meeting when it was held for
the second time in Japan, again winning high acclaim.
“I believe the work done by Dr Hayami on the Interworkflow Project is of
high importance and we have utilized several of the main concepts in
developing the Wf-XML standard to support interworkflow operations,” said
David Hollingsworth, Chair of the WfMC Technical Committee and Systems
The Marvin L. Manheim award is presented annually by the Workflow
Management Coalition to recognize an individual or a group for their
influence, contribution, or distinguished use of workflow systems. The
award is named in honor of the late Professor Marvin L. Manheim,
co-founder of the Black Forest Group and also co-founder of the WfMC.
Professor Manheim was the William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of
Transportation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at
Northwestern University from 1983 until his death in August 2000.
The WfMC will shortly be calling for nominations for the Marvin L. Manheim
Award 2002. An online nomination form may be found at
About the Workflow Management
The WfMC, founded in August 1993, is a
non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, users,
analysts and university/research groups. The Coalition's mission is to
promote and develop the use of workflow through the establishment of
standards for software terminology, interoperability and connectivity
between workflow products. Consisting of over 300 members, spread
throughout the world, the Coalition has become established as the primary
standards body for this rapidly expanding software market.
About Marvin L. Manheim
Marvin L. Manheim was the William A. Patterson
Distinguished Professor of Transportation at the Kellogg Graduate School
of Management at Northwestern University from 1983 until his death in
August 2000. Prof. Manheim was also associated with Northwestern's
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Transportation
Center, Steel Resource Center, Institute for Learning Studies, and Center
for the Study of United States/Japan Relations, and taught executive
management programs at Kellogg's James L. Allen Center. Prior to joining
the Kellogg School, he held faculty positions at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Prof. Manheim's major area of interest was information
technology and its uses strategically, competitively, and
organizationally. It included strategy formulation and implementation
processes; the management of globally competing organizations; and
international transportation and logistics. He was also interested in
computer assistance to human problem solving and decision-making,
including decision support systems (DSS) and artificial intelligence.