Title: Reusable process architectures and process models: an experience report from higher education
Authors: Stewart Green, Ian Beeson, Richard Kamm
Addresses: Bristol Institute of Technology, University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK. ' Bristol Institute of Technology, University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK. ' School of Management, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
Abstract: We apply a particular process architecture development method, Riva, to a study and comparison of specimen processes in two UK higher education institutions. We developed an outline process architecture for one common area of activity (development and delivery of taught programmes), then drew role activity diagrams for two selected processes at both institutions, in order to compare them. We found considerable variation at the concrete level even in these similar organisations, but saw more commonality when we developed abstract models using only core elements. Though even the abstract models were not identical, there was enough similarity to suggest some potential for reuse of process designs between organisations. Such designs may usefully serve as examples, to be copied, modified or extended as locally appropriate. It might be useful to build repositories of process models and architectures, for use by organisations in the same business sector.
Keywords: process architectures; process modelling; essential business entity; EBE; designed business entity; DBE; repository; reference models; higher education; UK; United Kingdom; taught programmes; process design reuse.
International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2009 Vol.4 No.2, pp.75 - 92
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