Modeling styles in business process modeling

J. Pinggera, P. Soffer, S. Zugal, B. Weber, M. Weidlich, D. Fahland, H.A. Reijers, J. Mendling

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Enterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling (13th International Conference, BPMDS 2012, 17th International Conference, EMMSAD 2012, and 5th EuroSymposium, held at CAiSE 2012, June 25-26, 2012, Gdańsk, Poland)
EditorsI. Bider, T. Halpin, J. Krogstie, S. Nurcan, E. Proper, R. Schmidt, P. Soffer, S. Wrycza
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-31071-3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


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