Business processes evolve dynamically with changing business demands. Because of these fast changes, traditional process improvement techniques have to be adapted and extended since they often require a high degree of manual work. To reduce this degree of manual work, the automated planning of process models is proposed. In this context, we present a novel approach for an automated construction of the control flow structure simple merge (XOR join). This accounts for a necessary step towards an auto-mated planning of entire process models. Here we build upon a planning domain, which gives us a general and formal basis to apply our approach independently from a specific process modeling lan-guage. To analyze the feasibility of our method, we mathematically evaluate the approach in terms of key properties like termination and completeness. Moreover, we implement the approach in a process planning software and apply it to several real-world processes.