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In this chapter, we introduce the topic area and the most important concepts, including the overall philosophy underlying the thinking on quality of models. This includes social constructivism, knowledge creation in organisations, semiotics and model monopoly. We also give a high-level overview of the most important goals of modelling and techniques for model-driven development, such as MDSD, DSM/DSL, BPM, MDA and AKM. This includes sense-making and communication, analysis and simulation, quality assurance, model deployment and activation and requirements specification. The case studies used throughout the book both for illustrations in the book itself and as cases for the exercises are described briefly.

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    Or more precisely knowledge externalisation, since we chose to restrain the term knowledge to humans. When we below use the terminology of Nonaka, ‘explicit knowledge’ should be interpreted as representation of knowledge, not the actual knowledge.

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