Modeling Styles in Business Process Modeling

  • Jakob Pinggera
  • Pnina Soffer
  • Stefan Zugal
  • Barbara Weber
  • Matthias Weidlich
  • Dirk Fahland
  • Hajo A. Reijers
  • Jan Mendling
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 113)

Abstract

Research on quality issues of business process models has recently begun to explore the process of creating process models. As a consequence, the question arises whether different ways of creating process models exist. In this vein, we observed 115 students engaged in the act of modeling, recording all their interactions with the modeling environment using a specialized tool. The recordings of process modeling were subsequently clustered. Results presented in this paper suggest the existence of three distinct modeling styles, exhibiting significantly different characteristics. We believe that this finding constitutes another building block toward a more comprehensive understanding of the process of process modeling that will ultimately enable us to support modelers in creating better business process models.

Keywords

business process modeling process of process modeling modeling styles cluster analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jakob Pinggera
    • 1
  • Pnina Soffer
    • 2
  • Stefan Zugal
    • 1
  • Barbara Weber
    • 1
  • Matthias Weidlich
    • 3
  • Dirk Fahland
    • 3
  • Hajo A. Reijers
    • 4
  • Jan Mendling
    • 5
  1. 1.University of InnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.University of HaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Eindhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Technion - Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
  5. 5.Vienna University of Economics and BusinessAustria

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