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Business Process Frameworks

Constantin Houy; Peter Fettke; Peter Loos
In: Jan vom Brocke; Michael Rosemann. Handbook on Business Process Management 2 - Strategic Alignment, Governance, People and Culture. Pages 153-176, International Handbooks on Information Systems, ISBN 978-3-642-45102-7, Springer, Berlin - Heidelberg, 2015.


In Business Process Management (BPM) research as well as in practice, a whole host of different Business Process Frameworks supporting various tasks connected with BPM in organizations have been introduced and further developed. However, the term Business Process Framework is ambiguous and has been used for different BPM-related systemization approaches concerning BPM methods and techniques. Against the background that so far no attempt to systemize the different meanings and understandings of the term Business Process Framework is known, this article aims at clarifying this term by analyzing and systemizing its different facets giving an overview of available understandings and usages of the term. The identified facets are investigated and several different classes of Business Process Frameworks are described and explained in more detail. In this context, one predominant class of Business Process Frameworks summarizing business process reference models is presented in more detail.