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Business Process Management

Concepts, Languages, Architectures


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Foundation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mathias Weske
      Pages 3-22
  3. Business Process Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Mathias Weske
      Pages 71-122
    3. Mathias Weske
      Pages 123-240
    4. Mathias Weske
      Pages 241-257
    5. Mathias Weske
      Pages 259-306
    6. Mathias Weske
      Pages 307-347
  4. Architectures and Methodologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Mathias Weske
      Pages 351-384
    3. Mathias Weske
      Pages 385-400
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 401-417

About this book


Business process management is usually treated from two different perspectives: business administration and computer science. While business administration professionals tend to consider information technology as a subordinate aspect in business process management for experts to handle, by contrast computer science professionals often consider business goals and organizational regulations as terms that do not deserve much thought but require the appropriate level of abstraction.

Mathias Weske argues that all communities involved need to have a common understanding of the different aspects of business process management. To this end, he details the complete business process lifecycle from the modeling phase to process enactment and improvement, taking into account all different stakeholders involved. After starting with a presentation of general foundations and abstraction models, he explains concepts like process orchestrations and choreographies, as well as process properties and data dependencies. Finally, he presents both traditional and advanced business process management architectures, covering, for example, workflow management systems, service-oriented architectures, and data-driven approaches. In addition, he shows how standards like WfMC, SOAP, WSDL, and BPEL fit into the picture.

This textbook is ideally suited for classes on business process management, information systems architecture, and workflow management. This 3rd edition contains a new chapter on business decision modelling, covering the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard; the chapter on process choreographies has been streamlined, and numerous clarifications have been fetched throughout the book. The accompanying website contains further information and additional teaching material.


business process management enterprise application integration enterprise modeling process choreographies process orchestrations service-oriented computing workflow management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI)Universität PotsdamPotsdamGermany

About the authors

Mathias Weske is Professor of Software Systems Technology at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam, Germany, where he leads the business process technology research group. His current research interests include various topics in workflow management, web services technology, and enterprise application integration. He is a member of the GI, vice chair of the executive committee of GI SIG EMISA, and a member of IEEE and ACM.

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"This book presents comprehensive and updated material for anyone interested in getting to know the vast field of BPM. With its excellent organization and use of many figures, it can also be an excellent choice as a text book on BPM." (Amit Sheth, LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA)

"An extremely well rounded and comprehensive discussion of the subject of business process management"
(Heiko Ludwig, IBM Research, San Jose, CA, USA)

"A superb textbook for students in both computer science and business administration. Moreover, it is also very useful for practitioners since it provides a comprehensive coverage of BPM independently of industry hypes around workflow management, business process management, and service-oriented architectures." (from the Foreword by Wil van der Aalst, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

"Business process management (BPM) is a topic more pressing than ever even 15 years after its inception. Mathias Weske takes an up-to-date, fresh, and comprehensive look at the subject and connects a number of areas to which BPM applies, from a conceptual as well as a technical and an application-oriented point of view. A definitive must-read for anybody studying or working in this area." (Gottfried Vossen, European Research Center for Information Systems, University of Muenster)