Systems and methods for rule inheritance

  • US 7,185,010 B2
  • Filed: 01/13/2005
  • Issued: 02/27/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method comprising:

  • defining a hierarchical organizational structure of positions within an organization;

    associating one of a plurality of roles with each of the positions;

    defining one or more business processes;

    a first position within the hierarchical organizational structure associating one or more access/approval rules with a first one of the business processes, wherein the access/approval rules are applicable to a first subset of the roles;

    automatically associating the one or more access/approval rules with the first one of the business processes for all positions that are subordinate to the first position within the hierarchical organizational structure and that are associated with the first subset of roles; and

    enabling access by positions associated with the first subset of roles to the first one of the business processes according to the access/approval rules.

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