Modeling Processes and Workflows by Business Rules

  • Gerhard Knolmayer
  • Rainer Endl
  • Marcel Pfahrer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1806)


This contribution describes a rule-based method for modeling business processes and workflows. Business rules are defined as statements about guidelines and restrictions with respect to states and processes in an organization. After introducing an extended Event-Condition-Action (ECA) notation, an approach for the refinement of business rules is developed in order to achieve a consistent decomposition of the business processes. Thus, ECA rules serve as an integration layer between different process modeling and (workflow) specification languages. Finally, we propose an architecture of a rule-oriented repository supporting the modeling and refinement process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Knolmayer
    • 1
  • Rainer Endl
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marcel Pfahrer
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Information SystemsUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.igim agSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.Urs Sauter + Marcel Pfahrer AGBielSwitzerland

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