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Using Petri Nets to Represent Cross-Departmental Business Processes

Using Petri Nets to Represent Cross-Departmental Business Processes
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Author(s): Joseph Barjis (Georgia Southern University, USA), Han Reichgelt (Georgia Southern University, USA), Paul Forte (Georgia Southern University, USA) and Chris Small (Georgia Southern University, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 4
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch046
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

Business process modeling is an important tool in the design and creation of information systems that deliver business value. Business processes often require the exchange of information across departmental boundaries. However, this fact has received relatively little attention and, as a result, many of the tools that have been developed for business process modeling do not allow analysts to easily model such business transactions. This paper describes a case study conducted to model business processes that crossed departmental boundaries in the department of university housing of Georgia Southern University, and shows that such processes can be naturally represented in Petri nets.

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