On the declarative paradigm in hybrid business process representations: A conceptual framework and a systematic literature study

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Abstract

Process modeling plays a central role in the development of today’s process-aware information systems both on the management level (e.g., providing input for requirements elicitation and fostering communication) and on the enactment level (providing a blue-print for process execution and enabling simulation). The literature comprises a variety of process modeling approaches proposing different modeling languages (i.e., imperative and declarative languages) and different types of process artifact support (i.e., process models, textual process descriptions, and guided simulations). However, the use of an individual modeling language or a single type of process artifact is usually not enough to provide a clear and concise understanding of the process. To overcome this limitation, a set of so-called “hybrid” approaches combining languages and artifacts have been proposed, but no common grounds have been set to define and categorize them. This work aims at providing a fundamental understanding of these hybrid approaches by defining a unified terminology, providing a conceptual framework and proposing an overarching overview to identify and analyze them. Since no common terminology has been used in the literature, we combined existing concepts and ontologies to define a “Hybrid Business Process Representation” (HBPR). Afterwards, we conducted a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) to identify and investigate the characteristics of HBPRs combining imperative and declarative languages or artifacts. The SLR resulted in 30 articles which were analyzed. The results indicate the presence of two distinct research lines and show common motivations driving the emergence of HBPRs, a limited maturity of existing approaches, and diverse application domains. Moreover, the results are synthesized into a taxonomy classifying different types of representations. Finally, the outcome of the study is used to provide a research agenda delineating the directions for future work.

Authors Abbad Andaloussi, Amine; Burattin, Andrea; Slaats, Tijs; Kindler, Ekkart & Weber, Barbara
Language English
Subjects computer science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area None
Refereed Yes
Date 2020
Publisher Elsevier
Volume 91
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2020.101505
Depositing User Prof. PhD Barbara Weber
Date Deposited 27 Feb 2020 17:25
Last Modified 27 Feb 2020 17:25
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/259483

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Abbad Andaloussi, Amine; Burattin, Andrea; Slaats, Tijs; Kindler, Ekkart & Weber, Barbara (2020) On the declarative paradigm in hybrid business process representations: A conceptual framework and a systematic literature study. 91

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