Enabling Business Process Interoperability Using Contract Workflow Models

  • Jelena Zdravkovic
  • Vandana Kabilan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3760)


Business transactions are governed by legally established contracts. Contractual obligations are to be fulfilled by executing business processes of the involved parties. To enable this, contract terms and conditions need to be semantically mapped to process concepts and then analyzed for compliance with existing process models. To solve the problem, we propose a methodology that, using a layered contract ontology, deduces contract requirements into a high-level process description named Contract Workflow Model (CWM). By applying a set of transformation rules, the CWM is then compared for compliance with existing, executable process models. By the use of its concepts, the methodology enables comprehensive identification and evolution of requirements for interoperability of processes of the contracting parties.


Business Process Business Process Management Business Process Model Business Process Execution Language Contract Obligation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jelena Zdravkovic
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vandana Kabilan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of GävleGävleSweden
  2. 2.Department of Computer and Systems SciencesStockholm University, and Royal Institute of TechnologyKistaSweden

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