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Workflow management for cross-organizational business processes presents a significant challenge recently. The development and implementation of new methodologies and technologies are imperative to tackle this challenge. The process-view approach provides a promising way to facilitate cross-organizational workflows management, especially when it is combined with powerful workflow modeling methods. With the assumption that workflow modeling methods in cooperative organizations are interoperable, a process-view and Timed Colored Petri Net (TCPN) combined approach is proposed to manage cross-organizational workflows, including the formal definition, the mapping from TCPN workflow models to process-view workflow models in which the aspects of control flow and data flow are considered together, and the collaborative execution mechanisms of cross-organizational workflow instances.