Normative requirements for regulatory compliance: An abstract formal framework

Mustafa Hashmi, Guido Governatori, Moe Thandar Wynn

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By definition, regulatory rules (in legal context called norms) intend to achieve specific behaviour from business processes, and might be relevant to the whole or part of a business process. They can impose conditions on different aspects of process models, e.g., control-flow, data and resources etc. Based on the rules sets, norms can be classified into various classes and sub-classes according to their effects. This paper presents an abstract framework consisting of a list of norms and a generic compliance checking approach on the idea of (possible) execution of processes. The proposed framework is independent of any existing formalism, and provides a conceptually rich and exhaustive ontology and semantics of norms needed for business process compliance checking. Apart from the other uses, the proposed framework can be used to compare different compliance management frameworks (CMFs).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-455
Number of pages27
JournalInformation Systems Frontiers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2016


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