Business Rules Layers Between Process and Workow Modeling: An Object-Oriented Perspective

  • Gerhard F. Knolmayer
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1543)


Business rules can be defined as statements about how the business is done, i.e., about guidelines and restrictions with respect to states and processes in an organization [1996]. Originally, the term was used with reference to integrity conditions in Entity-Relationship-Models or in NIAM. More powerful business rules can be described according to the Event-Condition-Action (ECA) paradigm developed for active Database Mana-gement Systems. From this point of view, business rules trigger an action of the IS, send an alerter to a human actor, or define the feasible space for human actions. There-fore, the rules are not necessarily prescriptive but may also be semi-structured or “soft”. Recently, the important role of business rules in understanding the real system and, thus, in system analysis was stressed [1995, 1996, 1994].


Information System Operating System Human Action Communication Network Real System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard F. Knolmayer
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  1. 1.Institute of Information SystemsUniversity of BernBern

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