The University Of Queensland School Of Information Technology And Electrical Engineering

Noor Mazlina , Mahmod (2007) The University Of Queensland School Of Information Technology And Electrical Engineering. Masters thesis, University of Queensland.

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The emergence in business process management has brought up the significance discussion in issue of managing variance in process instances. Variance in business process can lead to various changes and modifications of business requirements, strategies and ftmctionalities. It is evident that providing methods to analyse the similarities between these process variants in order to indicate a preferred and likely successful work practice can be highly beneficial. This thesis proposes structural similarity analysis as a means for researching the similarity between the process variants. Although a number of techniques and notions for structural analysis between process variants already exist, however, most ofthe theories applied provide a binary answer (i.e. either two processes are similar or not) which is not very helpful in real life applications. In real life, it is imperative to identify the constraints between the process variants and to distinguish which process models are exactly similar, slightly similar or completely different from the process query. Motivated by the currently inadequate methods available for analysing the structural matching between process variants especially in generic approach, this project used Petri nets and Free Choice Petri Net (FCPN) approaches to model the process variants and applied both graph reduction and selective reduce techniques to determine the matching structural relationships between the process variants. A rationalization of dissimilarity degree for different structural elements of FCPN process model is also proposed to improve the structural similarity computation. This thesis presents an effective method to compute the structural similarity rank of process variants as its major contribution. In particular, this thesis provides a deliberation towards an effective approach to facilitate the search and retrieval of process variants that satisfy the structural criteria of a certain process query.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Workflow -- Management, Process control -- Data processing -- Management, Business -- Data processing -- Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Library > Tesis > FKEKK
Depositing User: Nor Aini Md. Jali
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 14:24
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 04:31
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