Beyond control-flow : extending business process configuration to roles and objects

M. La Rosa, M. Dumas, A.H.M. Hofstede, ter, J. Mendling, F. Gottschalk

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A configurable process model is an integrated representation of multiple variants of a business process. It is designed to be individualized to meet a particular set of requirements. As such, configurable process models promote systematic reuse of proven or common practices. Existing notations for configurable process modeling focus on capturing tasks and control-flow dependencies, neglecting equally important aspects of business processes such as data flow, material flow and resource management. This paper fills this gap by proposing an integrated meta-model for configurable processes with advanced features for capturing resources involved in the performance of tasks (through task-role associations) as well as flow of data and physical artifacts (through task-object associations). Although embodied as an extension of a popular process modeling notation, namely EPC, the meta-model is defined in an abstract and formal manner to make it applicable to other notations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2008), Barcelona, Spain, October 20-24, 2008
EditorsQ. Li, s. Spaccapietra, E. Yu, A. Olivé
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-87876-6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Eventconference; ER 2008 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conferenceconference; ER 2008
Period1/01/08 → …
OtherER 2008


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