Beyond rigidity – dynamic process lifecycle support

A Survey on dynamic changes in process-aware information systems
  • Barbara WeberEmail author
  • Shazia Sadiq
  • Manfred Reichert
Special Issue Paper


The economic success of an enterprise increasingly depends on its ability to react to changes in its environment in a quick and flexible way. To cope with emerging business trends, responsiveness to change is a significant competitive advantage. Similar to the lifecycle in conventional information systems development, studies on lifecycle support for business processes are often sweeping the issues of runtime change management under the banner of maintenance. However, the pervasiveness of dynamic changes in business processes warrants targeted attention. This paper presents a detailed review of challenges and techniques that exist for the lifecycle management of dynamic processes. For each of the lifecycle phases we discuss the needs and deliberate on various developments from both academia and industry.


Business Process Management   Dynamic Process  Business Process Lifecycle   Process-aware Information System 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniv. of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.School of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Databases and Inf. SystemsUlm UniversityUlmGermany

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