Complementary use of modeling grammars

Green, Peter F., Rosemann, Michael, Indulska, Marta, & Recker, Jan C. (2011) Complementary use of modeling grammars. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 23(1), pp. 59-86.

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Conceptual modeling continues to be an important means for graphically capturing the requirements of an information system. Observations of modeling practice suggest that modelers often use multiple modeling grammars in combination to articulate various aspects of real-world domains. We extend an ontological theory of representation to suggest why and how users employ multiple conceptual modeling grammars in combination. We provide an empirical test of the extended theory using survey data and structured interviews about the use of traditional and structured analysis grammars within an automated tool environment. We find that users of the analyzed tool combine grammars to overcome the ontological incompleteness that exists in each grammar. Users further selected their starting grammar from a predicted subset of grammars only. The qualitative data provides insights as to why some of the predicted deficiencies manifest in practice differently than predicted.

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ID Code: 46030
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ontological theory of expressiveness, minimal ontological overlap, maximal ontological completeness, conceptual modeling
ISSN: 0905-0167
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Management (incl. Records Knowledge and Information Management and Intelligence) (150301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2011 22:45
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 11:22

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