zur Muehlen, Michael, Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 and Indulska, Marta (2007). Sometimes Less is More: Are Process Modeling Languages Overly Complex? In: 3rd International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise (VORTE 2007) [Eleventh International IEEE EDOC Conference workshop, 2007 : EDOC '07 ; 15 - 16 Oct. 2007, Maryland, Annapolis, USA], Annapolis, Maryland: IEEE. ISBN 9780769533384

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Abstract

Modern business process modeling languages such as BPMN or EPC provide users with more constructs to represent real world situations than their predecessors such as IDEF or Petri Nets. But this apparent increase in expressiveness is accompanied by an increase in language complexity. In practice many organizations choose to only use a subset of the available modeling constructs. Using a well-established ontology-based theory of representation, we analyze how this voluntary restriction affects the expressiveness and complexity of the resulting modeling vocabulary. We compare our empirical findings with two notation sets of the popular language BPMN — the core and full set. Our findings indicate that users are willing to accept ambiguity among modeling constructs and that the full element set of BPMN adds little expressiveness at the expense of considerably decreased ontological clarity. The findings are a first step towards an understanding of an optimal cost-effectiveness ratio for process modeling languages- both in theory and practice.

Item Type: Book Section, Proceedings Item or annotation in a legal commentary
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
zur Muehlen, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Recker, Jan C.UNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-2072-5792
Indulska, MartaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-89515
DOI: 10.1109/EDOCW.2007.30
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 9780769533384
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
process modellingEnglish
complexityEnglish
BPMNEnglish
BungeEnglish
WandEnglish
WeberEnglish
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: 2007
Event Type: Workshop
Place of Publication: Annapolis, Maryland
Refereed: Yes
Title of Book: 3rd International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise (VORTE 2007) [Eleventh International IEEE EDOC Conference workshop, 2007 : EDOC '07 ; 15 - 16 Oct. 2007, Maryland, Annapolis, USA]
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/8951

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