Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792, Lukyanenko, Roman, Jabbari, Mohammad, Samuel, Binny and Castellanos, Arturo (2021). From Representation to Mediation: A New Agenda for Conceptual Modeling Research in a Digital World. MIS Quarterly, 1 (45). pp. 269-300. MISRC. ISSN 0276-7783

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The role of information systems (IS) as representations of real-world systems is changing in an increasingly digitalized world, suggesting that conceptual modeling is losing its relevance to the IS field. We argue the opposite: Conceptual modeling research is more relevant to the IS field than ever, but it requires an update with current theory. We develop a new theoretical framework of conceptual modeling that delivers a fundamental shift in the assumptions that govern research in this area. This move can make traditional knowledge about conceptual modeling consistent with the emerging requirements of a digital world. Our framework draws attention to the role of conceptual modeling scripts as mediators between physical and digital realities. We identify new research questions about grammars, methods, scripts, agents, and contexts that are situated in intertwined physical and digital realities. We discuss several implications for conceptual modeling scholarship that relate to the necessity of developing new methods and grammars for conceptual modeling, broadening the methodological array of conceptual modeling scholarship, and considering new dependent variables.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Recker, Jan
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-357628
DOI: 10.25300/MISQ/2021/16027
Journal or Publication Title: MIS Quarterly
Volume: 1
Number: 45
Page Range: pp. 269-300
Date: 2021
Publisher: MISRC
ISSN: 0276-7783
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Technology (Applied sciences)
Management and auxiliary services
Refereed: Yes


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