Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 and Indulska, Marta (2007). An Ontology-Based Evaluation of Process Modeling with Petri Nets. International journal of interoperability in business information systems : IBIS, 2 (1). pp. 45-64. Oldenburg: Univ.. ISSN 1862-6378

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Selecting an appropriate business process modeling technique forms an important task within the methodological challenges of business process management and workflow engineering projects. Many of the available techniques have been developed on the basis of Petri nets, which is a popular modeling technique for workflow-oriented applications. Despite the popularity of Petri nets, however, a comprehensive evaluation of this standard notation is still required. Such an evaluation would afford a deeper understanding of the capabilities and shortcomings of this fundamental process modeling technique. This paper presents the first contribution towards a theoretically sound analysis of the representational capabilities of Petri nets. Based on an established methodology, we conducted a representational analysis of Petri nets using a representation model based on the Bunge ontology. Through this work, we identify a number of issues related to the practice of process modeling with Petri nets in contemporary process management initiatives. Our findings contribute to the ongoing revision and extension of process modeling techniques based on Petri nets and as such may lead to more mature solutions to business process modeling and management.

Item Type: Journal Article
Recker, Jan
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-88494
Journal or Publication Title: International journal of interoperability in business information systems : IBIS
Publisher: Univ.
ISSN: 1862-6378
Volume: 2
Number: 1
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
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: May 2007
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Place of Publication: Oldenburg
Refereed: Yes
Page Range: pp. 45-64


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