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Title: Business-OWL (BOWL)—a hierarchical task network ontology for dynamic business process decomposition and formulation
Authors: Ko, Ryan K. L.
Lee, E. W.
Lee, S. G.
Keywords: DRNTU::Business::Operations management::Business planning
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Ko, R. K. L., Lee, E. W., & Lee, S. G. (2012). Business-OWL (BOWL)—a hierarchical task network ontology for dynamic business process decomposition and formulation. IEEE transactions on services computing, 5(2), 246-259.
Series/Report no.: IEEE transactions on services computing
Abstract: Collaborative Business Processes (cBPs) form the backbone of enterprise integration. With the growing reliance on the web as a medium of business collaboration, there is an increasing need to quickly and dynamically form cBPs. However, current Business-to-Business (B2B) information systems are still static in nature, and are unable to dynamically form cBPs based on high-level Business Goals (BGs)and their underlying criteria (e.g., item cost, product name, order quantity, etc). This paper introduces the Business-OWL (BOWL), an ontology rooted in the Web Ontology Language (OWL), and modeled as a Hierarchical Task Network (HTN) for the dynamic formation of business processes. An ontologized extension and augmentation of traditional HTN, BOWL describes business processes as a hierarchical ontology of decomposable business tasks encompassing all possible decomposition permutations. Through BOWL, high-level business goals (e.g., "Buy”) can be easily decomposed right down to the lowest level tasks (e.g., "Send Purchase Order”), effectively bridging the gap between high-level business goals with operational level tasks and complementing currently static business process modeling languages. The design of BOWL and a case study demonstrating its implementation are also discussed.
DOI: 10.1109/TSC.2011.48
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