Conceptual Modelling – What and Why in Current Practice

Davies, Islay G., Green, Peter F., Rosemann, Michael, & Gallo, Stan (2004) Conceptual Modelling – What and Why in Current Practice. In 23rd International Conference on Conceptual Modelling (ER’04), 8-12 Nov 2004, Shanghai, China.

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Much research has been devoted over the years to investigating and advancing the techniques and tools used by analysts when they model. As opposed to what academics, software providers and their resellers promote as should be happening, the aim of this research was to determine whether practitioners still embraced conceptual modelling seriously. In addition, what are the most popular techniques and tools used for conceptual modelling? What are the major purposes for which conceptual modelling is used? The study found that the top six most frequently used modelling techniques and methods were ER diagramming, data flow diagramming, systems flowcharting, workflow modelling, RAD, and UML. However, the primary contribution of this study was the identification of the factors that uniquely influence the continued-use decision of analysts, viz., communication (using diagrams) to/from stakeholders, internal knowledge (lack of) of techniques, user expectations management, understanding models integration into the business, and tool/software deficiencies.

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ID Code: 1271
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: conceptual modelling, purpose, techniques, tools, empirical
DOI: 10.1007/b101693
ISBN: 9783540237235
ISSN: 1611-3349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
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 2004 Springer
Copyright Statement: This is the author-version of the work. Conference proceedings published, by Springer Verlag, will be available via SpringerLink. Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 03:43

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