Temporal model for business process

Petridis, Miltiadis, Ma, J. and Knight, B. (2011) Temporal model for business process Intelligent Decision Technologies, 5 (4). pp. 321-331. ISSN 1872-4981

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Business process engineering and modelling is an important practical activity, presently based on a variety of methodologies. These are practically derived methods, grounded in concepts such as "action", "event", "process" and "model", which can vary according to methodology. In this paper, we formalise these notions of business process, actions and business models, by relating them to well-established theories of time and temporal activity. The ontology of the terms employed in business process engineering is discussed, and formal definitions of the main terms are given. The term "temporal model" of a business process is introduced, and a formal definition of a sub-process is given with relation to the temporal model. A sub-process can be viewed as a module of a business process which can be replaced or altered without affecting the rest of the process. It is shown that existing business process models using business process modelling can be given a logical foundation based on formal temporal theory.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2011 IOS Press and Authors
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business process; action; event; model; temporal representation
Subjects: G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences > G400 Computing
G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences > G600 Software Engineering
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.3233/IDT-2011-0115
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Computational Intelligence
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Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 14:35
Last Modified: 01 May 2015 12:58
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9683

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