Business process architecture design methodologies – a literature review

Fernanda Gonzalez-Lopez, Guillermo Bustos

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the current state of the research field of business process architecture (BPA) and its design methodologies. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic literature review (SLR) was conducted using meta- and content-based perspectives. Findings: From over 6,000 candidate studies, 89 were selected. A fifth of these primary works corresponded to BPA design methodologies. Though the BPA research field remains in an early stage of development, it bears promising growth potential. Regarding BPA design methodologies, the following aspects susceptible for further research were detected: identification and modeling of business process relationships; specification of inputs; standardization of models, notations and tool support; consideration of managerial concerns; integration of knowledge from other areas; and validation of methodological and product quality aspects. Research limitations/implications: The main limitation of the work lies in not being fully reproducible due to the fixed number of data sources and their digital nature, together with subjective decisions in work selection, data extraction and data analysis. Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge no study has yet analyzed the BPA research field by means of an SLR. This study will benefit practitioners and research groups working on this topic by allowing them to get a rigorous overview of the BPA research field with an emphasis on available BPA design methodologies, and become aware of research gaps within the BPA field to position further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1334
Number of pages18
JournalBusiness Process Management Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 12 Sep 2019


  • Business process management
  • Process landscape
  • Process map
  • Process models
  • Systematic literature review


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