Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Decision Management (Sommersemester 2015)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske (Business Process Technology)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 24.04.2015
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul

Studiengänge & Module

IT-Systems Engineering BA


"Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available

to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit". W. Pollard


UPD: The pdf-versions of the Introduction Lectures I, II, III are available in Materialenordner.


The value of business processes management (BPM) has been acknowledged as an essential asset to drive a company. One of the most important and challenging BPM aspects is decision making. Decisions range from routine choices, such as how many items to order, to unexpected ones such as what to do if a key employee suddenly quits. With massive volumes of information available today, managers are challenged to make highly complex decision in shortest periods. As companies are interested in running effective and competitive processes, they develop different decision support software (i.e., IBM Operational Decision Management, SAP Decision Service Management). Whether companies develop packaged decision management systems, adopt business rules, or apply advanced analytics to their business, a thorough decision understanding, modelling and execution is critical.

In the seminar, we will present to the students the recently published standard Decision Model & Notation™ (DMN 1.0), a modelling notation for operational decisions that aims to complement the popular BPMN 2.0 standard for modelling business processes. At this point, the question of using and integrating DMN and BPMN is of highest importance. In the frames of the seminar, the students will be offered to study in depth a selected direction of decision management in business processes. For deepening the obtained knowledge and understanding the practical use of decision management and modelling, the students will be asked to implement a small prototype in the field of their exploration.


The seminar is organized for Master students, who have a sufficient background in software programming. The seminar will be held in English.


The students are expected perform the following tasks, which will determine the final grading:

  • Preparation of the paper with investigation of the chosen topic
  • Review of 2 papers prepared by other students
  • Prototype/case study on the topic (individual for each topic)


All the meetings take place at the BPT Chair (building C, open space of 2nd floor).

Following the introductory meeting, the seminar will proceed with the enrollment procedures and assigning topics to students. For each student, individual supervisors - experts in the selected topics – will be appointed. Such approach will allow the flexible scheduling of meetings of supervisors and students, so that there will be no regular group meetings during the semester

Here is the seminar timeline:

13.04.2015     Presentation of Topics
20.04.2015     Application Deadline for Topics
24.04.2015     Einschreibefrist, Registration Deadline
27.04.2015, 11:00     Introduction into the topic area: "Decision Model and Notation (DMN)"
04.05.2015, 11:00     Introduction to Research I (How to give scientific presentations?)
11.05.2015, 11:00          Introduction to Research I (How to write scientific papers?)
05.06.2015     Technical Presentation
22.06.2015     Paper Draft Submission
29.06.2015     Paper Review Submission

06.07.2015 (Day 1),

07.07.2015 (Day 2)

     Final Presentation
20.07.2015     Final Paper and Prototype Submission