Developing a procedural model that guides the development of reference process models

Study level


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Wasana Bandara
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Kanika Goel
Associate Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Given the significance of business process management, many organisations are adopting a process centric approach to their workflow. Through process management, an organisation can create high-performing processes which operate at lower costs, faster speeds, increased accuracy and enhanced flexibility. However, in order to adopt a process management approach, it is crucial to identify the key processes and order them in a logical manner.

Reference process models have been created in diverse domains to address this gap. A reference model orders key processes in a given domain in a systematic manner, along with the interdependencies. It acts a mode of communication among different stakeholders and assists in disseminating a common meaning to set of actions.

Given the significance of reference process models, a clear systematic approach to develop such model is needed, yet lacking in current literature. The aim of this project is to use literature to develop a procedure model for reference process model building.

Research activities

You will work with your project supervisor in an area of potential contribution to theory and practice.

This project involves the following:

  • a literature review of development of reference process models
  • synthesize existing literature to devise a procedure for development of reference process model.


We expect to create a literature-based procedure for development of a reference process model which can be adopted by other studies.

Skills and experience

A sound understanding of process modelling in general and Business Process Management will be beneficial.


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