Construct Redundancy in Process Modeling Grammars: Improving the Explanatory Power of Ontological Analysis

Fickinger, Tobias & Recker, Jan C. (2013) Construct Redundancy in Process Modeling Grammars: Improving the Explanatory Power of Ontological Analysis. In Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems, Association for Information Systems, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

Conceptual modelling supports developers and users of information systems in areas of documentation, analysis or system redesign. The ongoing interest in the modelling of business processes has led to a variety of different grammars, raising the question of the quality of these grammars for modelling. An established way of evaluating the quality of a modelling grammar is by means of an ontological analysis, which can determine the extent to which grammars contain construct deficit, overload, excess or redundancy. While several studies have shown the relevance of most of these criteria, predictions about construct redundancy have yielded inconsistent results in the past, with some studies suggesting that redundancy may even be beneficial for modelling in practice. In this paper we seek to contribute to clarifying the concept of construct redundancy by introducing a revision to the ontological analysis method. Based on the concept of inheritance we propose an approach that distinguishes between specialized and distinct construct redundancy. We demonstrate the potential explanatory power of the revised method by reviewing and clarifying previous results found in the literature.

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ID Code: 60919
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Funders: ARC
Keywords: process modelling, Bunge-Wand-Weber, ontology, construct redundancy, BPMN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2013 05:38
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2014 23:04

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