Title: Configurable artefact-centric business process modelling with proclets

Authors: Guosheng Kang

Addresses: School of Computer Science and Engineering, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, China; Key Laboratory of Knowledge Processing & Networked Manufacturing, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, China; Shanghai Key Laboratory of Data Science, School of Computer Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Abstract: Configurable business process modelling is proposed for traditional activity-centric business process models. However, few approaches on configurable process modelling have been developed for artefact-centric business process models. This paper fills the gap by proposing a configurable process modelling approach for artefact-centric business process models. In our approach, proclets are used to describe lifecycles of artefacts, and proclet system describes the artefact-centric process model. To derive the integrated representation of artefact-centric process model variants, we propose merger operation for two process model variants. We obtain a configurable proclet system by setting configurable points, where transitions and ports can be defined to be configurable elements, and the associated configuration alternatives are proposed correspondingly. New proclet systems are derived by configuration based on the behaviour of configurable proclet system. A running example is presented to illustrate the specification of configurable proclet system modelling and the derivation of new proclet systems.

Keywords: configurable model; artefact-centric; business process modelling; proclet system.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2021.124019

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2021 Vol.10 No.3/4, pp.201 - 212

Received: 21 Sep 2018
Accepted: 22 Oct 2019

Published online: 11 Jul 2022 *

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