A Primer to Subject-Oriented Business Process Modeling

  • Albert Fleischmann
  • Werner Schmidt
  • Christian Stary
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 104)


This primer aims towards quick wins in BPM based on a conceptual understanding of S-BPM modeling. We put forward the main constructs in terms of model elements and diagrams. Addressing primarily non-S-BPM-experts we introduce fundamental approaches, namely S-BPM modeling by construction (i.e., when starting from scratch), and S-BPM modeling by restriction (i.e., when refining a generalized peer-to-peer network). Since S-BPM modeling is closely related to standard sentence semantics we start out revisiting essential natural language constructs (subject, predicate, and object) and their role in communication patterns between actors (subjects). We then show how S-BPM constructs can be organized and presented, and introduce interaction and behavior diagrams. Their application ensures coherent representations, and facilitates creating intelligible specifications when business processes are captured from a stakeholder perspective. Finally, we show the essential role S-BPM models play along the open S-BPM life cycle, ranging from process analysis to execution and monitoring.


business process modeling subject orientation model construction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Fleischmann
    • 1
  • Werner Schmidt
    • 2
  • Christian Stary
    • 3
  1. 1.Metasonic AGPfaffenhofenGermany
  2. 2.Applied Sciences IngolstadtIngolstadtGermany
  3. 3.Johannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria

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