Developing a meta model for the Bunge–Wand–Weber ontological constructs

Rosemann, Michael & Green, Peter (2002) Developing a meta model for the Bunge–Wand–Weber ontological constructs. Information Systems, 27(2), pp. 75-91.

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At the core of the analysis task in the development process is information systems requirements modelling. Modelling of requirements has been occurring for many years and the techniques used have progressed from flowcharting through data flow diagrams and entity-relationship diagrams to object-oriented schemas today. Unfortunately, researchers have been able to give little theoretical guidance only to practitioners on which techniques to use and when. In an attempt to address this situation, Wand and Weber have developed a series of models based on the ontological theory of Mario Bunge—the Bunge–Wand–Weber (BWW) models. Two particular criticisms of the models have persisted however—the understandability of the constructs in the BWW models and the difficulty in applying the models to a modelling technique. This paper addresses these issues by presenting a meta model of the BWW constructs using a meta language that is familiar to many IS professionals, more specific than plain English text, but easier to understand than the set-theoretic language of the original BWW models. Such a meta model also facilitates the application of the BWW theory to other modelling techniques that have similar meta models defined. Moreover, this approach supports the identification of patterns of constructs that might be common across meta models for modelling techniques. Such findings are useful in extending and refining the BWW theory.

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ID Code: 11093
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Conceptual modelling, Ontology, Bunge–Wand–Weber, Meta model, Ontological constructs
DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4379(01)00048-5
ISSN: 0306-4379
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Elsevier
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 03:50

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