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

  • Santhosh Kumaran
  • Rong Liu
  • Frederick Y. Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5074)


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.


Business Process Business Process Model Business Entity Information Entity Record Claim 
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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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