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Marvin L. Manheim Award
for Significant Contributions
in the Field of Workflow

The Manheim Award ceremony takes place annually in conjunction with the WfMC Fall Meeting.

Submissions have closed for 2006


2006: David Hollingsworth
2005: Robert Shapiro
2004: none

2003: Keith Swenson
2002: Jon Pyke

2001: Dr Haruo Hayami

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Presented annually by the 
Workflow Management Coalition

The Marvin L. Manheim Award has been presented annually since 2002 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.

Any person, or group of persons who has made a significant contribution in the field of workflow, may be nominated and considered for the Manheim award. Individuals will be given first consideration for the Award, because teams, products and projects are eligible for the Global Excellence In BPM & Workflow Awards (also co-sponsored by WfMC).

Neither the person being nominated, nor the nominator, is required to be a member of the Coalition - the Award is open to all eligible individuals or groups.

Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat of the Workflow Management Coalition. The nomination should include:


A brief summary of why this person is being nominated


 A description of the contribution of the nominee


 Supporting documentation, if the work of the individual is not widely known.


 Supporting nominations, if desired, from additional practitioners in the field.

The Black Forest Group is a consortium established in 1992 to bring together senior executives from large companies worldwide, to identify the technologies that they expected to have a major impact on their businesses in the near future. The group then invites speakers to make presentations on these subjects, and discusses the topics, at subsequent meetings. The Black Forest Group was named for the area where their first meeting was held. Membership is by invitation only.

One of the early technologies that the Black Forest Group identified as having potential impact was workflow management. Following discussion within the Black Forest Group, they encouraged the establishment of the Workflow Management Coalition, to:

bulletincrease the value of customers' investment in workflow technology,
bulletdecrease the risk of using workflow products through the development of standards, and
bulletexpand the workflow market through increasing awareness for workflow.

Marvin L. Manheim, PhD

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.

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