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Theory-driven Situational Design of Enterprise Information Systems

Applicant Albani Antonia
Number 129182
Funding scheme Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
Research institution Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik Universität St. Gallen
Institution of higher education University of St.Gallen - SG
Main discipline Information Technology
Start/End 01.02.2010 - 31.05.2012
Approved amount 245'545.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Information Technology
Science of management

Keywords (4)

Enterprise Engineering; Enterprise Information Systems; Situational Method Engineering; Information Systems Design Theory

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Lay summary
Several methodologies for enterprise modeling exist and are widely applied in practice nowadays, providing methods and models for the description of the concerned business domain and for the design of the supporting information systems. But most of the current approaches lack theoretical foundations, resulting in unnecessarily complex, unstable, and unwieldy models, being difficult to adapt to fast changing market requirements. Driven by the strong demand for reusable yet situational business solutions on the one side and the necessity to provide a stable, reliant foundation that allows to adapt the supporting information systems in a systematic way on the other side, the need for a closer link between relevant theories and successful practices for the situational design of enterprise information systems becomes evident. The aim of this research is therefore in defining such a link by means of a particular class of constructional requirements, a specific class of constructional design principles defining the architecture of the system, and a set of design rules deemed effective for guiding the design and engineering process. The research goes beyond existing work, where either too general or too specific recommendations are given - if prescriptive procedural recommendations are provided at all. Much of the existing work on enterprise information systems development is focusing on problem (or solution) representation ("enterprise modeling") and not on problem solution principles and guidelines.
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Publications

Publication
Advances in Enterprise Engineering VI
Albani Antonia (ed.) (2012), Advances in Enterprise Engineering VI, Springer, Heidelberg, London, New York.
Advances in Enterprise Engineering V
Albani Antonia (ed.) (2011), Advances in Enterprise Engineering V, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
BEN-Komponenten
Albani Antonia, Winter Robert (2011), BEN-Komponenten, in Österle Hubert, Winter Robert, Brenner Walter (ed.), Springer, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York, 85-154.
Enterprise ontology based development of information systems
Albani Antonia, Dietz Jan L.G. (2011), Enterprise ontology based development of information systems, in International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, Special Issue on Enterprise Engineering, 7(1), 41-63.
Transformation of DEMO Metamodel into XML Schema
Wang Yan, Albani Antonia, Barjis Joseph (2011), Transformation of DEMO Metamodel into XML Schema, in Advances in Enterprise Engineering V, Antwerp, BelgiumSpringer, Heidelberg Berlin.
Advances in Enterprise Engineering IV
Albani Antonia (ed.) (2010), Advances in Enterprise Engineering IV, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.
Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architecture an International Journal, Special Issue on Methodologies for Enterprise and Organisational Engineering
Albani Antonia (ed.) (2010), Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architecture an International Journal, Special Issue on Methodologies for Enterprise and Organisational Engineering, German Informatics Society, Bonn.
An Enterprise Ontology-Based Approach to Service Specification
Terlouw Linda, Albani Antonia, An Enterprise Ontology-Based Approach to Service Specification, in IEEE Transactions on Service Computing.
Restructuring the Design Science Research Knowledge Base - A One-Cycle View of Design Science Research and its Consequences for Understanding Organizational Design Problems
Winter Robert, Albani Antonia, Restructuring the Design Science Research Knowledge Base - A One-Cycle View of Design Science Research and its Consequences for Understanding Organizational Design Problems, in Baskerville Richard (ed.), Springer, Heidelberg, Berlin.
Theory-Driven Reverse Engineering of Organizations
Albani Antonia, Theory-Driven Reverse Engineering of Organizations, in Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures – An International Journal.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal Portugal (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
11th CIAO! Doctoral Consortium Workshop 18.05.2011 Antwerp, Belgium, Belgium
10th CIAO! Doctoral Consortium 20.05.2010 Delft, The Netherlands, Netherlands

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Abstract

Several methodologies for enterprise modeling exist and are widely applied in practice nowadays, providing methods and models for the description of the concerned business domain and for the design of the supporting information systems. But most of the current approaches lack theoretical foundations, resulting in unnecessarily complex, unstable, and unwieldy models, being difficult to adapt to fast changing market requirements. Driven by the strong demand for reusable yet situational business solutions on the one side and the necessity to provide a stable, reliant foundation that allows to adapt the supporting information systems in a systematic way on the other side, the need for a closer link between relevant theories and successful practices for the situational design of enterprise information systems becomes evident. The aim of this research is therefore in defining such a link by means of a particular class of constructional requirements, a specific class of constructional design principles defining the architecture of the system, and a set of design rules deemed effective for guiding the design and engineering process. The research goes beyond existing work, where either too general or too specific recommendations are given - if prescriptive procedural recommendations are provided at all. Much of the existing work on enterprise information systems development is focusing on problem (or solution) representation (“enterprise modeling”) and not on problem solution principles and guidelines.
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