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Towards Customer-Individual Configurations of Business Process Models

  • Michael Becker
  • Stephan Klingner
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 113)

Abstract

Nowadays business process models are a common approach to describe and analyse existing business processes and to create new processes in a structured way. However, with growing complexity of process models there is a lack of comprehensibility. Using existing notations, it is challenging or even impossible to define temporal and logical constraints between process steps that are not directly connected. We demonstrate a declarative approach for representing business processes that allows for configuration, i.e. selection of process steps, based on a component representation. In addition, we present ways to transform a configuration into a procedural process model using BPMN.

Keywords

Business Process Configuration Service Modelling Modularisation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Becker
    • 1
  • Stephan Klingner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business Information SystemsUniversity of LeipzigGermany

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