Adaptive business rules framework for workflow management

Ezekiel, Kanana, Vassilev, Vassil, Ouazzane, Karim and Patel, Yogesh (2018) Adaptive business rules framework for workflow management. Business Process Management Journal. ISSN 1463-7154


Changing scattered and dynamic business rules in Business Workflow Systems has become a growing problem that hinders the use and configuration of workflow-based applications. There is a gap in the existing research studies which currently focus on solutions that are application specific, without accounting for the universal logical dependencies between the business rules and, as a result, do not support adaptation of the business rules in real time. Design/methodology/approach – To tackle the above problems, this paper adopts a bottom-up approach, which puts forward a component model of the business process workflows and business rules based on purely logical specification which allows incremental development of the workflows and indexing of the rules which govern them during the initial acquisition and real-time execution. Results – The paper introduces a component-based event-driven model for development of business workflows which is purely logic based and can be easily implemented using an object-oriented technology together with a formal model for accounting the business rules dependencies together with a new method for incremental indexing of the business rules controlling the workflows. It proposes a two-level inference mechanism as a vehicle for controlling the business process execution and adaptation of the business rules at real time based on propagating the dependencies between the rules. Originality/value –The major achievement of this research is the universal, strictly logic-based event-driven framework for business process modelling and control which allows automatic adaptation of the business rules governing the business workflows based on accounting for their structural dependencies. An additional advantage of the framework is its support for object-oriented technology which can be implemented with enterprise-level quality and efficiency. Although developed primarily for application in construction industry the framework is entirely domain-independent and can be used in other industries, too.

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