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A Version and Context-Based Approach to Easily Model Flexible Collaborative Processes

A Version and Context-Based Approach to Easily Model Flexible Collaborative Processes
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Author(s): Fatma Ellouze (Faculty of Economics and Management of Sfax, Tunisia), Mohamed Amine Chaabane (Higher Institute of Business Administration, Tunisia), Eric Andonoff (University of Toulouse 1, France) and Rafik Bouaziz (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Sfax, Tunisia)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 28
Source title: Collaborative Convergence and Virtual Teamwork for Organizational Transformation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jingyuan Zhao (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4891-2.ch002


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Process flexibility has been investigated for intra-organizational processes, but it is still an open issue for collaborative processes (CP), each of which is defined as a set of intra-organizational processes that interact together. In the literature, the version-based approach is largely used in the field of business process management (BPM) to cope with process flexibility. However, BPM practitioners can face difficulties in a multi-version environment. So, the following questions arise: How can we use the version-based approach to easily model flexible CP? Does an appropriate version exist for a given situation or is it necessary to create a new one? The chapter answers these questions recommending a solution for the modeling of CP versions and the retrieval of the adequate CP version for a given situation. This solution comprises (1) a meta-model to consider the modeling of the CP versions, (2) an ontology-based approach to model and query the context of use of CP versions, and (3) a framework to provide support for both the modeling of CP versions and the context querying.

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