Enterprise Ontology

Theory and Methodology

  • Jan L. G. Dietz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 15-32
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Pages 35-43
    3. Pages 57-62
    4. Pages 63-70
  4. The theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Pages 81-88
    3. Pages 89-98
    4. Pages 99-103
    5. Pages 105-114
    6. Pages 115-125
    7. Pages 127-135
  5. The Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Pages 139-158
    3. Pages 159-171
    4. Pages 173-184
    5. Pages 185-196
    6. Pages 197-204
    7. Pages 205-214
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-243

About this book


If one thing catches the eye in almost all literature about (re)designing or (re)engineering of enterprises, it is the lack of a well-founded theory about their construction and operation. Often even the most basic notions like "action" or "process" are not precisely defined. Next, in order to master the diversity and the complexity of contemporary enterprises, theories are needed that separate the stable essence of an enterprise from the variable way in which it is realized and implemented.

Such a theory and a matching methodology, which has passed the test of practical experience, constitute the contents of this book. The enterprise ontology, as developed by Dietz, is the starting point for profoundly understanding the organization of an enterprise and subsequently for analyzing, (re)designing, and (re)engineering it. The approach covers numerous issues in an integrated way: business processes, in- and outsourcing, information systems, management control, staffing etc.

Researchers and students in enterprise engineering or related fields will discover in this book a revolutionary new way of thinking about business and organization. In addition, it provides managers, business analysts, and enterprise information system designers for the first time with a solid and integrated insight into their daily work.


Business Process Management Enterprise Architecture Enterprise Engineering Enterprise Planning Ontologies Outsourcing business process complexity information system modeling organization

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan L. G. Dietz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Software Technology Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer ScienceDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-29169-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-33149-0
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