“Modeling with tools is easier, believe me” : the effects of tool functionality on modeling grammar usage beliefs

Recker, Jan C. (2012) “Modeling with tools is easier, believe me” : the effects of tool functionality on modeling grammar usage beliefs. Information Systems, 37(3), pp. 213-226.

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Increasingly, studies are reported that examine how conceptual modeling is conducted in practice. Yet, typically the studies to date have examined in isolation how modeling grammars can be, or are, used to develop models of information systems or organizational processes, without considering that such modeling is typically done by means of a modeling tool that extends the modeling functionality offered by a grammar through complementary features. This paper extends the literature by examining how the use of seven different features of modeling tools affects usage beliefs users develop when using modeling grammars for process modeling. We show that five distinct tool features positively affect usefulness, ease of use and satisfaction beliefs of users. We offer a number of interpretations about the findings. We also describe how the results inform decisions of relevance to developers of modeling tools as well as managers in charge for making modeling-related investment decisions.

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ID Code: 47973
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Conceptual modeling, Perception measurement, Usage beliefs, Tool functionality
DOI: 10.1016/j.is.2011.10.007
ISSN: 0306-4379
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 Systems (150302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Information Systems>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Information Systems, [VOL 37, ISSUE 3, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.is.2011.10.007
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2012 21:39
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 10:47

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