Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 and Niehaves, Bjorn (2008). Epistemological perspectives on ontology-based theories for conceptual modeling. Applied ontology : an interdisciplinary journal of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling, 3 (1-2). pp. 111-130. Amsterdam: IOS Press. ISSN 1875-8533

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Conceptual modeling is a core activity within information systems analysis and design. In response to continuous criticisms targeting the foundation of conceptual modeling, the notion of ontology as a theoretical reference has gained immense popularity over recent decades. At the forefront of these ontology-based theories is the Bunge—Wand—Weber representation model, which has frequently been applied in conceptual modeling research, most notably to the task of evaluating conceptual Information Systems analysis and design models and modeling grammars. Recently, however, ontology-based theories themselves have been subjected to criticisms, in particular in respect to their epistemological presuppositions. In our paper we address the question of epistemology in conceptual modeling research based on ontological theories, and argue that there is an immanent need for publishing the epistemological assumptions of these theories in order to be able to critically evaluate boundaries, scope and limits of these theories for conceptual modeling. We present a discussion framework that facilitates the analysis of epistemological viewpoints and their implications. We apply this framework to the commonly known Bunge—Wand—Weber model and discuss the implications of our findings towards the feasibility of ontology as a reference theory for conceptual modeling.

Item Type: Journal Article
Recker, Jan
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-88401
Journal or Publication Title: Applied ontology : an interdisciplinary journal of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling
Publisher: IOS Press
ISSN: 1875-8533
Volume: 3
Number: 1-2
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Language: English
Date: July 2008
Place of Publication: Amsterdam
Refereed: Yes
Page Range: pp. 111-130


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