Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792, Rosemann, Michael and Krogstie, John (2007). Ontology- Versus Pattern-Based Evaluation of Process Modeling Languages: A Comparison. Communications of the Association for Information Systems : CAIS, 20 (48). pp. 774-799. New York, NY: ACM. ISSN 1529-3181

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Selecting an appropriate process modeling language forms an important task for organizations engaging in business process management initiatives. A plethora of process modeling languages has been developed over the last decades, leading to a need for rigorous theory to assist in the evaluation and comparison of the capabilities of these languages. While substantial academic progress in the area of process modeling language evaluation has been made in at least two areas, using an ontology-based theory of representation or the framework of workflow patterns, it remains unclear how these frameworks relate to each other. We use a generic framework for language evaluation to establish similarities and differences between these acknowledged reference frameworks and discuss how and to what extent they corroborate each other. Our line of investigation follows the case of the popular BPMN modeling language, whose evaluation from the perspectives of representation theory and workflow patterns is comparatively assessed in this paper. We also show which tenets of modeling quality these frameworks address and that further research is needed, especially in the area of evaluating the pragmatic quality of modeling.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Recker, Jan
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-88472
Journal or Publication Title: Communications of the Association for Information Systems : CAIS
Volume: 20
Number: 48
Page Range: pp. 774-799
Date: December 2007
Publisher: ACM
Place of Publication: New York, NY
ISSN: 1529-3181
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
process modelingEnglish
Weber representation modelEnglish
workflow patternsEnglish
model qualityEnglish
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Refereed: Yes


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