Subject-Oriented Business Process Management

Subject-Oriented Business Process Management

Covers subject-oriented approach to Business Process Management methodology focusing on process actors and their interactions. Includes many examples, checklists, tips for hands-on experience.

Publication date: 01 Nov 2012

ISBN-10: 364232391X

ISBN-13: 9783642323911

Paperback: 376 pages

Views: 1,380

Type: Book

Publisher: Springer-Verlag GmbH

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported

Post time: 17 Nov 2016 08:00:00

Subject-Oriented Business Process Management

Subject-Oriented Business Process Management Covers subject-oriented approach to Business Process Management methodology focusing on process actors and their interactions. Includes many examples, checklists, tips for hands-on experience.
Tag(s): Software Engineering
Publication date: 01 Nov 2012
ISBN-10: 364232391X
ISBN-13: 9783642323911
Paperback: 376 pages
Views: 1,380
Document Type: Book
Publisher: Springer-Verlag GmbH
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Post time: 17 Nov 2016 08:00:00
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The Editor wrote:Activities performed in organizations are coordinated according to organizational goals via communication between the people involved. In all known languages the sentences used to communicate  are naturally  structured by subject, verb, and object. The subject  describes the actor, the verb the action and the object what is affected by the action. Subject-oriented Business Process Management (S-BPM) as presented in this book is based on this simple structure which enables  process-oriented thinking  and process modeling.

S-BPM puts the subject of a process at the center of attention and thus deals with business processes and their organizational environment from a new perspective, meeting organizational requirements in a much better way than traditional approaches. Subjects represent agents of an action in a process,  which can be either technical or human (e.g. a thread in an IT system or a clerk). A process structures the actions of each subject and coordinates the required communication among the subjects. S-BPM provides a coherent procedural framework to model an organization’s business processes: its focus is the cooperation of all stakeholders involved in the strategic, tactical, and operational issues, sharing their knowledge in a networked structure.

Based on findings of developmental psychology and linguistics, the authors show that natural sentence semantics have to be used for complete S-BPM specifications. In this way, business process owners are able to ensure that business requirements of internal and external stakeholders are easily understood and met in their entirety. Starting with process analysis and then going through the whole modeling lifecycle, they demonstrate how subject orientation can develop and be experienced by gradually focusing on communication for service provision. In addition, they illustrate how each modeling activity can be supported through the use of appropriate software tools.

The authors' presentation style focuses on professionals in the industry, and on students specializing in process management or organizational modeling.  Each chapter begins with a summary of key findings and is full of examples, hints, and possible pitfalls. An interpreter model, a toolbox, and a glossary summarizing the main terms complete the book. The web site www.i2pm.net provides additional software tools and further material.




About The Author(s)


Egon Börger is a Professor for Computer Sciences at the University of Pisa, Italy. He studied Philosophy, Logic, and Mathematics at the University of Paris-Sorbonne; the University of Leuven, Belgium; and the University of Münster, Germany and completed a number of years in research at IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, SAP, and the ETH Zurich. Egon Börger is a co-founder of the Abstract State Machines (ASM) Method, a winner of the Humboldt Research Prize, a member of the Academia Europaea and was recently honored by the Joint iFM and ABZ 2012 conference.

Egon Börger

Egon Börger is a Professor for Computer Sciences at the University of Pisa, Italy. He studied Philosophy, Logic, and Mathematics at the University of Paris-Sorbonne; the University of Leuven, Belgium; and the University of Münster, Germany and completed a number of years in research at IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, SAP, and the ETH Zurich. Egon Börger is a co-founder of the Abstract State Machines (ASM) Method, a winner of the Humboldt Research Prize, a member of the Academia Europaea and was recently honored by the Joint iFM and ABZ 2012 conference.


Albert Fleischmann is founder and scientific advisor of Metasonic AG. Prior to this role he was CEO of the company from its founding in 2004 until 2009. As a result of his work as a consultant, he has acquired many years of experience in process management. Before becoming a consultant, Albert Fleischmann worked for various international hardware manufacturers in the areas of research, service, and sales. His focus was on the development and implementation of distributed software systems and the description and implementation of business processes in particular. 

Albert Fleischmann

Albert Fleischmann is founder and scientific advisor of Metasonic AG. Prior to this role he was CEO of the company from its founding in 2004 until 2009. As a result of his work as a consultant, he has acquired many years of experience in process management. Before becoming a consultant, Albert Fleischmann worked for various international hardware manufacturers in the areas of research, service, and sales. His focus was on the development and implementation of distributed software systems and the description and implementation of business processes in particular. 


Stefan Obermeier works for the central IT service provider for the business unit of the Bavarian State Ministry for Labor, Social Affairs, Family, and Women. His focus is on practice-oriented and theoretically substantiated solutions between the priorities of organization, profitability, and software development. He is currently an Associate Professor in the area of communication sciences, business information systems, and public management.

Stefan Obermeier

Stefan Obermeier works for the central IT service provider for the business unit of the Bavarian State Ministry for Labor, Social Affairs, Family, and Women. His focus is on practice-oriented and theoretically substantiated solutions between the priorities of organization, profitability, and software development. He is currently an Associate Professor in the area of communication sciences, business information systems, and public management.


Werner Schmidt is a Professor for Business Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Ingolstadt, Germany. His main focus in the area of research and development is on – just as it was during his entire vocational and academic career – the management of processes and their associated support through IT. The second coterminous field of engagement is IT management. Both areas of focus are mirrored in his work as editor and author of various publications, as well as his scientific consultancy for respective practical projects.

Werner Schmidt

Werner Schmidt is a Professor for Business Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Ingolstadt, Germany. His main focus in the area of research and development is on – just as it was during his entire vocational and academic career – the management of processes and their associated support through IT. The second coterminous field of engagement is IT management. Both areas of focus are mirrored in his work as editor and author of various publications, as well as his scientific consultancy for respective practical projects.


Christian Stary is professor for Business Information Systems at the University of Linz, Austria. His research areas include Interactive Design of Sociotechnical Systems, Business Process Management, Conceptual Modelling and Knowledge Management. He has published research papers and articles on these topics, among others in IEEE Transactions on Man, Systems and Cybernetics, Interacting with Computers, Int. Journal of Human-Computer Interaction and in Computers in Industry.

Christian Stary

Christian Stary is professor for Business Information Systems at the University of Linz, Austria. His research areas include Interactive Design of Sociotechnical Systems, Business Process Management, Conceptual Modelling and Knowledge Management. He has published research papers and articles on these topics, among others in IEEE Transactions on Man, Systems and Cybernetics, Interacting with Computers, Int. Journal of Human-Computer Interaction and in Computers in Industry.


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