On the Duality of Information-Centric and Activity-Centric Models of Business Processes

  • Santhosh Kumaran
  • Rong Liu
  • Frederick Y. Wu
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69534-9_3

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5074)
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Kumaran S., Liu R., Wu F.Y. (2008) On the Duality of Information-Centric and Activity-Centric Models of Business Processes. In: Bellahsène Z., Léonard M. (eds) Advanced Information Systems Engineering. CAiSE 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5074. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Most of the work in modeling business processes is activity-centric. Recently, an information-centric approach to business process modeling has emerged, where a business process is modeled as the interacting life cycles of information entities. The benefits of this approach are documented in a number of case studies. The goal of this paper is to formalize the information-centric approach and derive the relationships between the two approaches. We do this by formally defining the notion of a business entity from first principles and using this definition to derive an algorithm that generates an information-centric process model from an activity-centric model. We illustrate the two models using a real-world business process and provide an analysis of the respective strengths and weaknesses of the two modeling approaches.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Santhosh Kumaran
    • 1
  • Rong Liu
    • 1
  • Frederick Y. Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM T.J. Watson Research CenterUSA

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