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Enterprise Ontology

Theory and Methodology

By Jan Dietz

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  • ISBN13: 978-3-5402-9169-5
  • 260 Pages
  • User Level: Science
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2006
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
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If one thing catches the eye in almost all literature about (re)designing or (re)engineering of enterprises, it is the lack of a well-founded theory about their construction and operation. Often even the most basic notions like 'action' or 'process' are not precisely defined. Next, in order to master the diversity and the complexity of contemporary enterprises, theories are needed that separate the stable essence of an enterprise from the variable way in which it is realized and implemented. Such a theory and a matching methodology, which has passed the test of practical experience, constitute the contents of this book. The enterprise ontology, as developed by Dietz, is the starting point for profoundly understanding the organization of an enterprise and subsequently for analyzing, (re)designing, and (re)engineering it. The approach covers numerous issues in an integrated way: business processes, in- and outsourcing, information systems, management control, staffing etc. Researchers and students in enterprise engineering or related fields will discover in this book a revolutionary new way of thinking about business and organization. In addition, it provides managers, business analysts, and enterprise information system designers for the first time with a solid and integrated insight into their daily work.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. Outline of the book: What is enterprise ontology?
  3. An explanatory case.
  4. Foundations: Factual knowledge
  5. A world ontology specification language
  6. The notion of system
  7. The notion of model
  8. The role of ontology in enterprise engineering.
  9. The theory: The operation axiom
  10. The transaction axiom
  11. The composition axiom
  12. The distinction axiom
  13. The organization theorem
  14. The CRISP meta model.
  15. The methodology: The modeling method
  16. The interaction model
  17. The process model
  18. The action model
  19. The state model
  20. The interstriction model.
  21. Epilog.
  22. Bibliography.
  23. Index.
  24. Appendix A: Example cases.

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