Peer-to-Peer-based Model-Management for Cross-organizational Business Processes

Philipp Walter; Dirk Werth; Peter Loos(2006)
In: 15th IEEE International Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE 06), Manchester, United Kingdom, June 2006, IEE Computer Society Press, S. 255-260, DOI: 10.1109/WETICE.2006.53

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Business process modeling has been developed for the single enterprise or more generally, for single actor environments. Furthermore, most process model management tools presume the usage within a closed community (e.g. a single enterprise), that is characterized by a central control unit (hierarchical management structure). Within collaborative businesses, there is a lack of centralized structures. Instead, the organizations are autonomously acting and they control only a partial area of the overall collaborative business process. In contrast to the intraorganizational case, cross-organizational model management imposes several organizational and technological challenges that results from the multiple- independent-actors-environment of collaborations. In such environments, ‚conventional‘ process management tools mainly fail. This paper proposes a concept to handle cross-enterprise-spanning business process models using peer-to-peer technology. Furthermore, we investigate mechanisms to construct such processes based on the same technological base