The BWW-Model as Method Engineering Theory

Gehlert A, Pfeiffer D, Becker J


Abstract
The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that the usage of the Bung-Wand-Weber (BWW) Ontology as a theory in method engineering is both feasible and relevant. Weber and his colleagues introduced the BWW Ontology as theoretical foundation for conceptual modeling. In this paper we describe how the BWW Ontology can be used to systematically underpin the development of modeling grammars. Since the development of modeling grammars belongs to the method engineering discipline we firstly discuss the necessity of a theoretical basis in this research stream. In the second part of the paper we investigate and summarize the rich set of empirical findings in the BWW Ontology domain. Lastly, we show how these theoretical findings can inform method engineering research. Including theory in method engineering has two advantages: Firstly, it is possible to predict the success or failure of the design and secondly, theory-driven design instantiates existing hypotheses and allows testing them.

Keywords
BWW Ontology, Conceptual Modeling, Method Engineering, Design Science



Publication type
Conference Paper

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2007

Conference
13th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2007)

Venue
Keystone, CO, USA

Language
English