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Enabling flexible location-aware business process modeling and execution

Enabling flexible location-aware business process modeling and execution
Enabling flexible location-aware business process modeling and execution
Business process management (BPM) has emerged as one of the abiding systematic management approaches in order to design, execute and govern organizational business processes. Traditionally, most attention within the BPM community has been given to studying control-flow aspects, without taking other contextual aspects into account. This paper contributes to the existing body of work by focusing on the particular context of geospatial information. We argue that explicitly taking this context into consideration in the modeling and execution of business processes can contribute to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. As such, the goal of this paper is to make the modeling and execution aspects of BPM location-aware, i.e. to govern and constrain control-flow and process behavior based on location-based constraints. We do so by proposing a Petri net modeling extension which is formalized by means of a mapping to colored Petri nets (CPNs). Our approach has been implemented using CPN Tools and a simulation extension was developed to support the execution of location-aware process models. We also illustrate the feasibility of coupling business process support systems with geographic information systems by means of an experimental case.
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Zhu, Xinwei
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Vanden Broucke, Seppe
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Zhu, Guobin
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Vanthienen, Jan
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Baesens, Bart
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Zhu, Xinwei
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Vanden Broucke, Seppe
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Zhu, Guobin
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Vanthienen, Jan
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Baesens, Bart
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Zhu, Xinwei, Vanden Broucke, Seppe, Zhu, Guobin, Vanthienen, Jan and Baesens, Bart (2016) Enabling flexible location-aware business process modeling and execution. Decision Support Systems, 83, 1-9. (doi:10.1016/j.dss.2015.12.003).

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Abstract

Business process management (BPM) has emerged as one of the abiding systematic management approaches in order to design, execute and govern organizational business processes. Traditionally, most attention within the BPM community has been given to studying control-flow aspects, without taking other contextual aspects into account. This paper contributes to the existing body of work by focusing on the particular context of geospatial information. We argue that explicitly taking this context into consideration in the modeling and execution of business processes can contribute to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. As such, the goal of this paper is to make the modeling and execution aspects of BPM location-aware, i.e. to govern and constrain control-flow and process behavior based on location-based constraints. We do so by proposing a Petri net modeling extension which is formalized by means of a mapping to colored Petri nets (CPNs). Our approach has been implemented using CPN Tools and a simulation extension was developed to support the execution of location-aware process models. We also illustrate the feasibility of coupling business process support systems with geographic information systems by means of an experimental case.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 December 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 December 2015
Published date: 1 March 2016

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Local EPrints ID: 425856
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425856
ISSN: 0167-9236
PURE UUID: 2d558726-a9e2-4132-8d00-6fbca82f8747
ORCID for Bart Baesens: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5831-5668

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Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:48

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Author: Xinwei Zhu
Author: Seppe Vanden Broucke
Author: Guobin Zhu
Author: Jan Vanthienen
Author: Bart Baesens ORCID iD

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