Epistemological Perspectives on IS-Development – A Consensus-Oriented Approach on Conceptual Modeling

  • Björn Niehaves
  • Karsten Klose
  • Ralf Knackstedt
  • Jörg Becker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3782)


Within the information systems (IS) research discipline, conceptual modeling is widely discussed as a fundamental task for IS-development as it leads to shared domain knowledge between IS developers and business person-nel. As well as IS-research modeling takes place within a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural context. Thereby, the (mostly implicit) assumptions made by dif-ferent researchers may vary fundamentally. As a result, it is important to ex-pose epistemological assumptions which underlie the work of different par-ticipants. Thus, we provide a framework which questions help to analyze and systematize the epistemological assumptions underlying IS research. We dem-onstrate the application of the framework on a special concept (the consensus-orientated approach) of conceptual modeling.


IS development IS research conceptual modeling epistemological assumptions epistemological framework consensus-oriented approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Björn Niehaves
    • 1
  • Karsten Klose
    • 1
  • Ralf Knackstedt
    • 1
  • Jörg Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS)University of MuensterMünsterGermany

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