Modelling the regulative role of business processes with use and misuse cases

Gil Regev (School of Computer and Communication Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Ian F. Alexander (Scenario Plus Ltd, London, UK)
Alain Wegmann (School of Computer and Communication Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for understanding value‐added and abuse prevention activities in business processes.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper considers business processes as a regulation mechanism that an organization uses to survive and flourish in its environment. It proposes a theoretical framework based on the concept of homeostasis, the maintenance of identity in a changing world. In this framework the paper classifies business processes into three levels (strategic, operational, regulative) and analyse the relationships between these three levels. Based on this framework, the paper extends the “Use and Misuse Cases” technique to support modelling of value‐added and abuse prevention activities.

Findings

The main finding is the importance of considering business processes as regulation mechanisms. Traditionally, business processes are analysed through the goals they are designed to achieve. This paper analyses what the organization aims at maintaining. This makes it possible to explicitly model the potential abuses (threats) to business processes and their associated corrective measures (regulative processes).

Practical implications

Use of this framework enables process designers to explicitly model abuse prevention activities, even though they are traditionally considered as not participating in customer value creation. This should lead to better‐fitting business processes.

Originality/value

The framework is useful because it provides a theoretical justification for the value creation and abuse prevention activities that can be found in business processes. The three levels that we use to analyse business processes (strategic, operational and regulative) constitute an innovation in business process modelling where only two levels (strategic and operational) have been considered thus far. Few, if any, business process theoretical frameworks provide this kind of rationale for abuse prevention activities.

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Citation

Regev, G., Alexander, I. and Wegmann, A. (2005), "Modelling the regulative role of business processes with use and misuse cases", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 11 No. 6, pp. 695-708. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637150510630864

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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