Title: Integrating business strategies with requirement models of legal compliance

Authors: Sepideh Ghanavati, Daniel Amyot, Liam Peyton, Alberto Siena, Anna Perini, Angelo Susi

Addresses: School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada. ' School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada. ' School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada. ' Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Center for Information Technology IRST, Via Sommarive 18, 38050 Povo, Trento, Italy. ' Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Center for Information Technology IRST, Via Sommarive 18, 38050 Povo, Trento, Italy. ' Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Center for Information Technology IRST, Via Sommarive 18, 38050 Povo, Trento, Italy

Abstract: Goal-oriented requirements engineering uses modelling to improve domain understanding and requirements quality. Regulations and laws impose additional context and constraints on goals and can limit the satisfaction of stakeholder needs. Organisations and software developers need modelling tools to assess the degree to which business strategies are effective in ensuring that business goals are met while complying with applicable laws and regulations. In this paper, we analyse the capabilities of the Goal-oriented Requirement Language (GRL) in supporting such assessments. Our analysis is based on four scenarios involving healthcare business processes and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Keywords: business strategies; GRL; goal-oriented requirement language; HIPAA; health insurance; portability; accountability; legislation; laws; acts; USA; United States; legal compliance; domain understanding; requirements quality; regulations; constraints; stakeholder needs; software developers; modelling tools; healthcare; electronic business; e-business; innovation; open world; requirements engineering; modelling; healthcare.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2010.034171

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2010 Vol.8 No.3, pp.260 - 280

Published online: 16 Jul 2010 *

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