The essential system model

  • Jan L. G. Dietz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 498)


A particular way of modelling communication in an organization is presented as a new basis for systems analysis. Speech act theory provides the theoretical foundation of this approach. The so-called essential system model is identified as a missing kind of model in systems analysis, the usage of which however could mean a major improvement of current practice. The distinctive properties of essential system models are discussed, and a particular type of dynamic model, called the smartienet, is introduced. The potential impact of the application of smartienet based essential system models is illustrated using a simple business example.


conceptual modelling communication modelling systems analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan L. G. Dietz
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationUniversity of LimburgMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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