Reuse-Oriented Business Process Modelling Based on a Hierarchical Structure

  • Wassim Derguech
  • Sami Bhiri
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 66)


Managing variability in business processes has attracted a lot of research interest. Some of the current works try to manage variability at runtime and others at design time. We are interested in the latter where it consists of managing different process variants in order to enable their reuse. Even though there exist different proposals dealing with variability at design time most of them suffer from the major shortcoming of decision support in choosing the suitable alternatives. In this context, we propose a framework that allows for reusing business process models by means of a hierarchical structure. In this paper, we present our ongoing research in defining this framework: its data structure as well as first thoughts about maintaining it.


Business process modelling configurable business process hierarchical structure reuse merging business process models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wassim Derguech
    • 1
  • Sami Bhiri
    • 1
  1. 1.DERI, Digital Enterprise Research InstituteNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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