Capability Modelling – Case of Logistics Capabilities

  • Wassim Derguech
  • Sami Bhiri
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 132)


Even though the concept of capability is an important element in service oriented architectures and enterprise information systems, little effort has been put towards modelling it as a first class citizen. Major related contributions were part of other efforts such as modelling business processes, service description and search requests. Current approaches either confuse capabilities with invocation interfaces, do not go beyond the classical IOPEs paradigm, or classify them into categories. Most of these approaches do not allow to determine intuitively what the exact capability is as well as they do not describe it with proper business features. In our work, we are interested in modelling and managing capabilities as stand alone entities, presented via an action verb and a set of domain related attributes/features. Presenting capabilities as such allows us to represent them at different levels of abstraction and make explicit links between them. In this paper, we highlight the benefits of our model and we build on top of it a set of requirements that allow end users to generate more custom capabilities. In order to illustrate our conceptual model benefits, we apply it in describing logistics capabilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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