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Advances in Enterprise Engineering VI

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Editors (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Project Theory-driven Situational Design of Enterprise Information Systems
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Editors (peer-reviewed)

Editor , Albani Antonia
Publisher Springer, Heidelberg London New York
ISBN 978-3-642-29902-5


Enterprise engineering is an emerging discipline that studies enterprises from an engineering perspective. It means that enterprises are considered to be designed and implemented systems, which consequently can be re-designed and re-implemented if there is a need for change. Enterprise engineering is rooted in both the organizational sciences and the information system sciences. The rigorous integration of these traditionally disjoint scientific areas has become possible after the recognition that communication is a form of action. The operating principle of organizations is that actors enter into and comply with commitments, and in doing so bring about the business services of the enterprise. This important insight clarifies the view that enterprises belong to the category of social systems, i.e., its active elements (actors) are social individuals (human beings). The unifying role of human beings makes it possible to address problems in a holistic way, to achieve unity and integration in bringing about any organizational change. Also when regarding the implementation of organizations by means of modern information and communication technology (ICT), enterprise engineering offers innovative ideas. In a similar way as the ontological model of an organization is based on atomic elements (namely, communicative acts), there is an ontological model for ICT applications. Such a model is based on a small set of atomic elements, such as data elements and action elements. By constructing software in this way, the combinatorial effects (i.e., the increasing effort it takes in the course of time to bring about a particular change) in software engineering can be avoided. The development of enterprise engineering requires the active involvement of a variety of research institutes and a tight collaboration between them. This is achieved by a continuously expanding network of universities and other institutes, called the CIAO! Network ( Since 2005 this network has organized the annual CIAO! Workshop, and since 2008 its proceedings have been published as Advances in Enterprise Engineering in the Springer LNBIP series. From 2011 on, this workshop was replaced by the Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC). This book contains the proceedings of the second EEWC, which was held in Delft, The Netherlands.