The Structured Process Modeling Theory (SPMT) : a cognitive view on why and how modelers benefit from structuring the process of process modeling

J. Claes, I.T.P. Vanderfeesten, F. Gailly, P.W.P.J. Grefen, G. Poels

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Abstract

After observing various inexperienced modelers constructing a business process model based on the same textual case description, it was noted that great differences existed in the quality of the produced models. The impression arose that certain quality issues originated from cognitive failures during the modeling process. Therefore, we developed an explanatory theory that describes the cognitive mechanisms that affect effectiveness and efficiency of process model construction: the Structured Process Modeling Theory (SPMT). This theory states that modeling accuracy and speed are higher when the modeler adopts an (i) individually fitting (ii) structured (iii) serialized process modeling approach. The SPMT is evaluated against six theory quality criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1425
Number of pages25
JournalInformation Systems Frontiers
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Business process modeling
  • Cognitive fit
  • Explanatory theory
  • Process of process modeling
  • Structured process modeling

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