Modeling Styles in Business Process Modeling

Jakob Pinggera, Pnina Soffer, Stefan Zugal, Barbara Weber, Matthias Weidlich, Dirk Fahland, Hajo A. Reijers, Jan 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 publicationLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Number of pages16
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering - Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 25 Jun 201229 Jun 2012


Conference24th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering
SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


  • Modeling styles
  • Process of process modeling
  • Cluster analysis
  • Business process modeling

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