Have you read this article yet? It describes workflows in JIRA:
You can assign different workflows to different issue types.
Let me know if you have more specific questions about workflows.
This is also a good document that explains how to configure workflow schemes. From the document, "A workflow scheme defines a set of associations – or mappings – between a workflow and an issue type. As a Jira administrator, you can associate issue types with different workflows within a workflow schemes and then share this association with multiple projects."
I have multiple projects that use variations of the same base workflow. The variations depend on the requirements of the project or issue type. The variations mostly come in the form of new statuses ...
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