Business & Information Systems Engineering

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 69–80 | Cite as

From Expert Discipline to Common Practice: A Vision and Research Agenda for Extending the Reach of Enterprise Modeling

  • Kurt SandkuhlEmail author
  • Hans-Georg Fill
  • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers
  • John Krogstie
  • Florian Matthes
  • Andreas Opdahl
  • Gerhard Schwabe
  • Ömer Uludag
  • Robert Winter
Research Notes


The benefits of enterprise modeling (EM) and its contribution to organizational tasks are largely undisputed in business and information systems engineering. EM as a discipline has been around for several decades but is typically performed by a limited number of people in organizations with an affinity to modeling. What is captured in models is only a fragment of what ought to be captured. Thus, this research note argues that EM is far from its maximum potential. Many people develop some kind of model in their local practice without thinking about it consciously. Exploiting the potential of this “grass roots modeling” could lead to groundbreaking innovations. The aim is to investigate integration of the established practices of modeling with local practices of creating and using model-like artifacts of relevance for the overall organization. The paper develops a vision for extending the reach of EM, identifies research areas contributing to the vision and proposes elements of a future research agenda.


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This paper is a result of the Dagstuhl seminar no. 16192 on, Supporting Organizational Efficiency and Agility: Models, Languages and Software Systems (see


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Sandkuhl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hans-Georg Fill
    • 2
  • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers
    • 3
  • John Krogstie
    • 4
  • Florian Matthes
    • 5
  • Andreas Opdahl
    • 6
  • Gerhard Schwabe
    • 7
  • Ömer Uludag
    • 5
  • Robert Winter
    • 8
  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science, Faculty of Computer and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.Information Systems, System Development and Database Application Group, Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer SciencesUniversity of BambergBambergGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of EngineeringHAN University of Applied SciencesArnhemThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  5. 5.Chair of Software Engineering for Business Information Systems, Department of InformaticsTechnical University of MunichGarching Bei MünchenGermany
  6. 6.Department of Information Science and Media StudiesUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  7. 7.Department of InformaticsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  8. 8.Institute of Information ManagementUniversity of St. GallenSt.GallenSwitzerland

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