Zhu, Xinwei, Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792, Zhu, Guobin and Maria, Flávia (2014). Exploring location-dependency in process modeling. Business Process Management Journal, 20 (6). pp. 794-815. Bingley: Emerald. ISSN 1463-7154

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Abstract

Purpose — Context-awareness has emerged as an important principle in the design of flexible business processes. The goal of the research is to develop an approach to extend context-aware business process modeling toward location-awareness. The purpose of this paper is to identify and conceptualize location-dependencies in process modeling. Design/methodology/approach — This paper uses a pattern-based approach to identify location-dependency in process models. The authors design specifications for these patterns. The authors present illustrative examples and evaluate the identified patterns through a literature review of published process cases. Findings — This paper introduces location-awareness as a new perspective to extend context-awareness in BPM research, by introducing relevant location concepts such as location-awareness and location-dependencies. The authors identify five basic location-dependent control-flow patterns that can be captured in process models. And the authors identify location-dependencies in several existing case studies of business processes. Research limitations/implications — The authors focus exclusively on the control-flow perspective of process models. Further work needs to extend the research to address location-dependencies in process data or resources. Further empirical work is needed to explore determinants and consequences of the modeling of location-dependencies. Originality/value — As existing literature mostly focusses on the broad context of business process, location in process modeling still is treated as ``second class citizen'' in theory and in practice. This paper discusses the vital role of location-dependencies within business processes. The proposed five basic location-dependent control-flow patterns are novel and useful to explain location-dependency in business process models. They provide a conceptual basis for further exploration of location-awareness in the management of business processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Zhu, XinweiUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Recker, Jan C.UNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-2072-5792
Zhu, GuobinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Maria, FláviaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-87595
DOI: 10.1108/BPMJ-06-2013-0066
Journal or Publication Title: Business Process Management Journal
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1463-7154
Volume: 20
Number: 6
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
Location-aware process modelingEnglish
Location-aware BPMEnglish
Location-awarenessEnglish
Location-dependent control-flow patternsEnglish
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Language: English
Date: October 2014
Place of Publication: Bingley
Refereed: Yes
Page Range: pp. 794-815
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/8759

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