Simplifying process model abstraction : techniques for generating model names

Leopold, Henrik, Mendling, Jan, Reijers, Hajo A., & La Rosa, Marcello (2014) Simplifying process model abstraction : techniques for generating model names. Information Systems, 39, pp. 134-151.

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Abstract

The increased adoption of business process management approaches, tools and practices, has led organizations to accumulate large collections of business process models. These collections can easily include hundred to thousand models, especially in the context of multinational corporations or as a result of organizational mergers and acquisitions. A concrete problem is thus how to maintain these large repositories in such a way that their complexity does not hamper their practical usefulness as a means to describe and communicate business operations. This paper proposes a technique to automatically infer suitable names for business process models and fragments thereof. This technique is useful for model abstraction scenarios, as for instance when user-specific views of a repository are required, or as part of a refactoring initiative aimed to simplify the repository’s complexity. The technique is grounded in an adaptation of the theory of meaning to the realm of business process models. We implemented the technique in a prototype tool and conducted an extensive evaluation using three process model collections from practice and a case study involving process modelers with different experience.

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ID Code: 61697
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: business process model, model name, process model repository, refactoring, model abstraction
DOI: 10.1016/j.is.2013.06.007
ISSN: 0306-4379
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Theory (080611)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Information Systems. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Information Systems, [Volume 39, (January 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.is.2013.06.007
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2013 23:14
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 14:01

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