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S-BPM in the Production Industry

A Stakeholder Approach

  • Presents case studies highlighting the latest findings in Industry 4.0 projects utilizing S-BPM features

  • Provides a realistic portrait based on current findings and recommendations for future activities

  • Explores both the potential and the limits of engineering a company in real practice

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary
    Pages 1-6Open Access
  3. Industrial Challenges

    • Christian Stary, Matthias Neubauer
    Pages 7-25Open Access
  4. S-BPM’s Industrial Capabilities

    • Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary, Udo Kannengiesser, Richard Heininger, Alexandra Totter, David Bonaldi
    Pages 27-67Open Access
  5. Lot-Size One Production

    • Udo Kannengiesser, Richard Heininger, Lubomir Billy, Pavol Terpak, Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary et al.
    Pages 69-111Open Access
  6. People-Centred Production Design

    • Chiara Di Francescomarino, Mauro Dragoni, Chiara Ghidini, Nicola Flores, Franco Cesaro, Udo Kannengiesser et al.
    Pages 113-166Open Access
  7. Human-Controlled Production

    • Matthias Neubauer, Florian Krenn, Ioan-Alexandru Schärfl, Christian Stary, Dennis Majoe
    Pages 167-191Open Access
  8. Learnings

    • Chiara Di Francescomarino, Chiara Ghidini, Mauro Dragoni, Udo Kannengiesser, Richard Heininger, Dennis Majoe et al.
    Pages 193-208Open Access
  9. The Future: Obstacles and Opportunities

    • Udo Kannengiesser
    Pages 209-230Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 231-232

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

This volume presents several case studies highlighting the latest findings in Industry 4.0 projects utilizing S-BPM features. Their potential is explored in detail, while the limits of engineering a company from a communication-centred perspective are also discussed.

After a general introduction and an overview of the book in chapter 1, chapter 2 starts by condensing the industrial challenges driven by the German “Industry 4.0” trend to form a concrete vision for future production industries. Subsequently, chapter 3 introduces the basic concepts of S-BPM and its capabilities, in particular for supporting the restructuring of processes. The next three chapters then present various case studies, e.g. at an SME offering the production of atypical, unique and special purpose machinery, equipment and technologically complex units particularly useful in the automotive and electronic industries; and at a further SME producing highly-customized floor cleaning machines. Rounding out the coverage, the last two chapters summarize the achievements and lessons learned with regard to the road ahead.

Overall, the book provides a realistic portrait of the status quo based on current findings, and outlines the future activities to be pursued in order to establish stakeholder-centred digital production systems. As such, developers, educators, and practitioners will find both the conceptual background and results from the field reflecting the state-of-the-art in vertical and horizontal process integration.


  • Business Process Management
  • Business Rules
  • BPM
  • Industry 4.0
  • Adaptive Systems
  • Case Studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Linz, Austria

    Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary

About the editors

Matthias Neubauer is researcher and project manager of the SO-PC-Pro project. He has deep knowledge both in S-BPM and in all case studies performed in the project and presented in the book. He received his PhD in Business Information Systems in 2013. He teaches in the fields of BPM, distributed systems, and knowledge management, and is involved in other funded international projects.

Christian Stary is full professor in the Department of Business Information Systems - Communications Engineering and also leads the Competence Centre on Knowledge Management located at the University in Linz, Austria. He had held several visiting professorships in Europe and the US, and has been and still is principal investigator in several national and international projects.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)