Decomposition of Tasks in Business Process Outsourcing

  • Kurt SandkuhlEmail author
  • Alexander Smirnov
  • Nikolay Shilov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 288)


In industrial areas with a highly competitive environment many enterprises consider outsourcing of IT-services as an option to reduce IT-related costs. In this context, cloud computing architectures and outsourcing of business processes into the cloud are potential candidates to improve resource utilization and to reduce operative IT-costs. In this paper, we focus on a specific aspect of cloud computing and outsourcing: the use of concepts from crowd-sourcing or crowd computing in business process outsourcing (BPO). The approach used in this paper is to bring together techniques from enterprise modeling and from crowd-computing for the purpose of business process decomposition. The contributions of the paper are an analysis of requirements to process decomposition from a business process outsourcing perspective, three different strategies for performing the decomposition and an initial validation of these strategies using an industrial case.


Business Process Outsourcing Crowdsourcing Enterprise modeling Task pattern Process decomposition 



This work was partially financially supported by the Project 213 within the research program I.5P of the Russian Academy of Sciences, by Government of Russian Federation, Grant 074-U01. Furthermore, it was partly financed by the German Ministry of Research and Education, research project KOSMOS-2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Sandkuhl
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Alexander Smirnov
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nikolay Shilov
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.SPIIRASSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.ITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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