Identifying the Structure of Business Processes for Comprehensive Enterprise Modeling

Yoshiyuki SHINKAWA  Masao J. MATSUMOTO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E84-D   No.2   pp.239-248
Publication Date: 2001/02/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Software Engineering
Keyword: 
formal method,  colored Petri nets,  business process modeling,  rough set theory,  requirements engineering,  

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Summary: 
It is one of the difficulties in enterprise modeling that we must deal with many fragmented pieces of knowledge provided by various domain-experts, which are usually based on mutually different viewpoints of them. This paper presents a formal approach to integrate those pieces into enterprise-wide model units using Rough Set Theory (RST). We focus on business processes in order to recognize and identify the constituents or units of enterprise models, which would compose the model expressing the various aspects of the enterprise. We defined five model unit types of "resource," "organization," "task," "function," and "behavior. " The first three types represent the static aspect of the enterprise, whereas the last two types represent the dynamic aspect of it. Those units are initially elicited from each domain-expert as his/her own individual model units, then they are integrated into enterprise-wide units using RST. Our approach is methodology-free, and any methodologies can include it in their early stage to identify what composes the enterprise.