On the usage of labeld and icons in business process modeling

J. Mendling, J. Recker, H.A. Reijers

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The value of business process models is dependent on the choice of graphical elements in the model and their annotation with additional textual and graphical information. This research discusses the use of text and icons for labeling the graphical constructs in a process model. The authors use two established verb classification schemes to examine the choice of activity labels in process modeling practice. Based on the author’s findings, this paper synthesizes a set of twenty-five activity label categories. Proposed is a systematic approach for graphically representing these label categories through the use of graphical icons, such that the resulting process models are easier and more readily understandable by end users. The author’s findings contribute to an ongoing stream of research investigating the practice of process modeling and thereby contribute to the body of knowledge about conceptual modeling quality overall.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-58
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Information Systems Modeling and Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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