A Method for Decentralized Business Process Modeling

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This thesis study proposes a method for organizations to perform business process modeling in a decentralized and concurrent manner. The Plural method is based on the idea that organizations’ processes can be modeled by individuals actually performing the processes. Instead of having a central and devoted group of people to understand, analyze, model and improve processes, individuals are held responsible to model and improve their own processes concurrently. These individual models are then integrated to form organization’s process network. The method guides the application of this approach in organizations with the activities to be followed and the artifacts to be produced. To apply the method, the study also introduces a notation and a prototype toolset. A multiple-case study involving two cases is conducted in order to evaluate the applicability of the method for decentralized process modeling and validate the expected benefits.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Middle East Technical University (METU)
  • Demirörs, Onur, Promotor, External person
Award date1 Jun 2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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