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Business Process Management by Martyn A. Ould

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ENCAPSULATION

Given that our functioning organization is a network of interacting process instances, we can see that hierarchical decomposition would be a totally inappropriate way of modelling organizational dynamics. To say that ‘process A is subprocess A1 plus subprocess A2 plus ‘’ is to ignore reality. It is hard to give any meaning to such a statement. What exactly do we mean by ‘plus‘?

However, when we draw a RAD there are occasions when we might wish to ‘summarize’ a whole mass of activity in a single black-box action, not wishing — in this particular perspective — to get into the detail of how it is done. Similarly, we might wish to summarize a complex interaction as a simple interaction, not wishing — in this particular perspective ...

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