Ontological and Foundational Perspectives in Business Process Modelling
@ Business Process Management Conference (BPM), September 1-6, 2019
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna), Wien, Austria
Beyond the traditional aspects of business processes analysis and representation, such as modelling notations and paradigms, our community’s interest is expanding into perspectives that include ontological and theoretical considerations.
A focus on foundational ontological investigations allows for the elucidation of different shades of business processes, business process models and business process modelling. Despite that BPM literature provides some business process definitions, as well as a number of different business process modelling languages, several important aspects are missing, for instance, a clear characterisation of what a business process is, what its key elements are, and a clear ontological analysis of business process model development.
The goal of this workshop is to explore these missing aspects and to foster discussion on ontological foundations in business process modelling. onBPM aims at investigating the nature of business processes, what distinguishes and characterizes it from other kinds of process, the role of time and temporal representation in business process models, the dependence between real-world business processes and the corresponding models, the “implicit” business process elements that should be taken into consideration in the models, and the impact of ontological decisions in the modelling aspects.