International Conference on Conceptual Modeling

Advances in Conceptual Modeling pp 225-235 | Cite as

Towards a Socio-Institutional Ontology for Conceptual Modelling of Information Systems

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9382)


Most work on ontologies for conceptual modelling is based on the assumption that conceptual models represent a pre-existing reality, which they should faithfully reflect. This paper suggests an ontology for conceptual modelling of institutional domains taking into account also the prescriptive role of conceptual models, thereby supporting the design of information systems. The paper draws on the current ontological discourse in information systems engineering; descriptive vs prescriptive conceptual modelling; socio-materiality in terms of clarifying the relationships between physical and social domains; and ontological differences between (physical) properties and rights. The results of the paper can be used to support conceptual modelling in business analysis, in particular requirements elicitation of regulative aspects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer and Systems SciencesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Informatics and MediaUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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