Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 (2014). Theorizing the use of multiple conceptual models in combination. In: 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Auckland, New Zealand, 8-12 Dec., 2014, Association for Information Systems.

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Conceptual modelling continues to be an important means for graphically capturing the requirements of an information system. Observations of modelling practice suggest that modellers often use multiple conceptual models in combination, because they articulate different aspects of real-world domains. Yet, the available empirical as well as theoretical research in this area has largely studied the use of single models, or single modelling grammars. We develop a Theory of Combined Ontological Coverage by extending an existing theory of ontological expressiveness of conceptual modelling grammars. Our new theory posits that multiple conceptual models are used to increase the maximum coverage of the real-world domain being modelled, whilst trying to minimize the ontological overlap between the models. We illustrate how the theory can be applied to analyse sets of conceptual models. We develop three propositions of the theory about evaluations of model combinations in terms of users' selection, understandability and usefulness of conceptual models.

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Recker, Jan
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-88685
Title of Book: 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Auckland, New Zealand, 8-12 Dec., 2014
Date: December 2014
Publisher: Association for Information Systems
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
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Conceptual modellingEnglish
representation theoryEnglish
maximum ontological completenessEnglish
minimal ontological overlapEnglish
theory developmentEnglish
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