IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Specialisation in business process modelling: Motivation, approaches and limitations

Listed author(s):
  • Frank, Ulrich
Registered author(s):

    To facilitate designing and maintaining collections of business process models and corresponding implementation documents, it is of pivotal relevance to identify commonalities that a set of process types share. They allow for reusing parts of process models and are a prerequisite of efficient and consistent modifications. Discovering or constructing commonalities requires abstraction. With respect to model integrity, there is need for precisely specified abstraction concepts that enable convenient and secure adaptations to particular requirements. Against the background of various alternative approaches to foster abstraction in process modelling, this report is mainly aimed at investigating chances and specific challenges that relate to the conception of generalisation/specialisation for process types. For this purpose, a preliminary conception of process specialisation is proposed that is based on specialisation of static artefacts. A subsequent overview of existing approaches to specify a concept of process specialisation shows that none of these is satisfactory. Moreover, it will be shown that a conception of process specialisation that corresponds to specialisation of static artefacts is not possible. Finally, an outline of a relaxed conception of specialisation and the use of local meta process types are proposed as a possible loophole.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by University Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems (ICB) in its series ICB Research Reports with number 51.

    in new window

    Date of creation: 2012
    Handle: RePEc:zbw:udeicb:51
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    Universitätsstrasse 12, 45117 Essen

    Phone: 0201 - 183 3633
    Fax: 0201 - 183 2292
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:zbw:udeicb:51. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (ZBW - German National Library of Economics)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.