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Do ontological deficiencies in modeling grammars matter?

Recker, Jan C., Rosemann, Michael, Green, Peter, & Indulska, Marta (2011) Do ontological deficiencies in modeling grammars matter? Management Information Systems Quarterly, 35(1), pp. 57-79.

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    Abstract

    Conceptual modeling grammars are a fundamental means for specifying information systems requirements. However, the actual usage of these grammars is only poorly understood. In particular, little is known about how properties of these grammars inform usage beliefs such as usefulness and ease of use. In this paper we use an ontological theory to describe conceptual modeling grammars in terms of their ontological deficiencies, and formulate two propositions in regard to how these ontological deficiencies influence primary usage beliefs. Using BPMN as an example modeling grammar, we surveyed 528 modeling practitioners to test the theorized relationships. Our results show that users of conceptual modeling grammars perceive ontological deficiencies to exist, and that these deficiency perceptions are negatively associated with usefulness and ease of use of these grammars. With our research we provide empirical evidence in support of the predictions of the ontological theory of modeling grammar expressiveness, and we identify previously unexplored links between conceptual modeling grammars and grammar usage beliefs. This work implies for practice a much closer coupling of the act of (re ) designing modeling grammars with usage-related success metrics.

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    ID Code: 39766
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: Conceptual modeling, Perception measurement, Usage behavior, Ontology
    ISSN: 0276-7783
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
    Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
    Past > Schools > Information Systems
    Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the authors.
    Deposited On: 31 Jan 2011 10:04
    Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 13:20

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