Towards a systematic approach to the capture of patterns within a business domain

Isabel Seruca, Pericles Loucopoulos

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Although the reuse of patterns within business domains has many potential benefits, a lack of a situational method for sorting through the immensity of domain knowledge towards the capture of patterns may constitute a handicap. Realizing the difficulty associated with pattern development due to its empirical and knowledge-intensive nature, we propose a method to aid in the process of capturing and reusing patterns in a business domain. In this paper, we describe the first stage of the method dedicated to the capture of patterns. Our approach to pattern development is based on domain analysis principles and is process-oriented, so as to ensure a progressive and increasing understanding of the business domain and the awareness of new opportunities for improving business. We illustrate the application of the pattern development approach within the clothing manufacturing domain in the context of a business process improvement project and report the experiences obtained. © 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2003


  • Business pattern
  • Domain analysis
  • Pattern development
  • Reuse


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