Subsuming the BPM Life Cycle in an Ontological Framework of Designing

  • Udo Kannengiesser
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 10)

Abstract

This paper proposes a framework to represent life-cycle activities performed in business process management (BPM). It is based on the function-behaviour-structure (FBS) ontology that represents all design entities uniformly, independently of the specific stages in their life cycle. The framework specifies a set of distinct activities that operate on the function, behaviour and structure of a business process, subsuming the different life-cycle stages within a single framework. This provides an explicit description of a number of BPM issues that are inadequately addressed in current life-cycle models. They include design-time analysis, flexibility of tasks and sub-processes, interaction between life-cycle stages, and the use of experience.

Keywords

BPM BPM life cycle FBS ontology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Udo Kannengiesser
    • 1
  1. 1.NICTAAustralian Technology ParkAustralia

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