Sabegh, Mohammad Ali Jabbari and Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 (2017). Combined use of conceptual models in practice: An exploratory study. Journal of Database Management, 28 (2). pp. 56-88. Hershey, Pa.: IGI Global. ISSN 1063-8016

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Conceptual models are fundamental to system analysis and design. However, the actual usage of conceptual models remains poorly understood, in particular, how and why practitioners would use multiple models in combination when doing their work. In this paper, the authors explore the reported use of multiple conceptual models for system analysis and design to determine the circumstances that lead professionals to use multiple models. They uncover both semantic and pragmatic reasons that influence the choice and selection of different models for system analysis and design tasks. Contrasting these findings to existing ontological theories, the authors find that the extent and type of multiple model use is determined by not only ontological factors but also contextual factors that can override ontological qualities and in so doing bring forth desired qualities for users. The authors offer several novel propositions about the implications of ontological theory that will be worth exploring in future research.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Recker, Jan
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-87152
DOI: 10.4018/JDM.2017040103
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Database Management
Volume: 28
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 56-88
Date: June 2017
Publisher: IGI Global
Place of Publication: Hershey, Pa.
ISSN: 1063-8016
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: Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Combined UseEnglish
Conceptual ModelsEnglish
Ontological Analysis,English
Qualitative ResearchEnglish
Representation TheoryEnglish
Semi-Structured InterviewsEnglish
Refereed: Yes


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