Expressiveness and Understandability Considerations of Hierarchy in Declarative Business Process Models [chapter]

Stefan Zugal, Pnina Soffer, Jakob Pinggera, Barbara Weber
2012 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
Hierarchy has widely been recognized as a viable approach to deal with the complexity of conceptual models. For instance, in declarative business process models, hierarchy is realized by sub-processes. While technical implementations of declarative sub-processes exist, their application, semantics, and the resulting impact on understandability are less understood yet-this research gap is addressed in this work. In particular, we discuss the semantics and the application of hierarchy and show
more » ... sub-processes enhance the expressiveness of declarative modeling languages. Then, we turn to the impact on the understandability of hierarchy on a declarative process model. To systematically assess this impact, we present a cognitive-psychology based framework that allows to assess the possible impact of hierarchy on the understandability of the process model.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-31072-0_12 fatcat:27k4fmkbonhpxjlu47czp3ppdm