Network-Based Business Process Management: Embedding Business Logic in Communications Networks

18 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2004

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Louis-Francois Pau

Copenhagen Business School (CBS); Rotterdam School of Management; L.M. Ericsson; GIBS

P.H.M. Vervest

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Date Written: August 2003, 12

Abstract

Advanced Business Process Management (BPM) tools enable the decomposition of previously integrated and often ill-defined processes into re-usable process modules. These process modules can subsequently be distributed on the Internet over a variety of many different actors, each with their own specialization and economies-of-scale. The economic benefits of process specialization can be huge. However, how should such actors in a business network find, select, and control, the best partner for what part of the business process, in such a way that the best result is achieved? This particular management challenge requires more advanced techniques and tools in the enabling communications networks. An approach has been developed to embed business logic into the communications networks in order to optimize the allocation of business resources from a network point of view. Initial experimental results have been encouraging while at the same time demonstrating the need for more robust techniques in a future of massively distributed business processes.

Keywords: business process management, resource optimization, active networks, internet distributed process management, embedded business logic, payment systems, programmable networks, business protocols, genetic algorithms

JEL Classification: M, L63, L96

Suggested Citation

Pau, Louis-Francois and Vervest, P.H.M., Network-Based Business Process Management: Embedding Business Logic in Communications Networks (August 2003, 12). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2003-086-LIS. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=483853

Louis-Francois Pau (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark

Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Room T08-21
3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

L.M. Ericsson ( email )

Kista
Sweden

GIBS ( email )

Lynnwood Road
Pretoria 5100, 0002
South Africa

P.H.M. Vervest

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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