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Business Process Management in the Large

Constantin Houy; Peter Fettke; Peter Loos; Wil M.P. van der Aalst; John Krogstie
In: Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), Vol. 3, No. 6, Pages 385-388, Gabler, Wiesbaden, 12/2011.


In recent years Business Process Management (BPM) attracted considerable attention, both in academia and practice. A growing research community is designing and investigating BPM approaches and techniques which are meanwhile widely-used in private and public organizations. Despite the growing maturity of the BPM discipline, many approaches have problems dealing with the challenges posed by real-life BPM applications. Corporate reality is often more challenging than assumed by contemporary BPM approaches. While conventional BPM research often seems to concentrate on single processes or scenarios comprising a few isolated processes, the upcoming challenge for BPM is to cope with large sets of interdependent inter-organizational processes in our globalized and interconnected world. This situation mainly originates from the possibilities created by technical innovations enabling ubiquitous computing, like mobile devices, sensor technologies or RFID. However, these possibilities also result in increasing complexity and dynamicity of business processes. Since existing BPM techniques and tools cannot handle this well, current research activities focus on new approaches for Business Process Management in the Large (BPM-in-the-Large).


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