Developing Ontological Theories for Conceptual Models using Qualitative Research

Recker, Jan C. (2005) Developing Ontological Theories for Conceptual Models using Qualitative Research. In Beekhuyzen, Jenine (Ed.) 2nd International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT and IT in Qualitative Research: Challenges for Qualitative Research, November 23 - 25, 2005, Brisbane, Australia.


Conceptual modelling is believed to be at the core of the IS discipline. There have been attempts to develop theoretical foundations for conceptual models, in particular ontological models as axiomatic reference systems. Although the notion of ontology has become popular in modelling theories, criticism has risen as to its philosophical presuppositions. Taking on this criticism, we discuss the task of developing socially constructed ontologies for modelling domains and outline how to enhance the expressiveness of ontological modelling theories by developing them via qualitative research methods such as Grounded Theory.

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ID Code: 2880
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
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Deposited On: 13 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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