This paper attempts to draw together results from information systems research, linguistic theory, and methodology in order to present a unified framework in which to understand conceptual models. Three different roles of conceptual models (CM's) in the design and use of information systems (IS's) are investigated. The descriptive role of a CM is that it is an abstract representation of the universe of discourse (UoD) of the IS; the normative role of a CM is that it contains prescriptions for the behavior of entities in the UoD. A third role of CM's emerges when a computer is viewed as a symbol-manipulating machine capable of performing speech acts like commanding and promising. These acts are commands or promises only against a background of shared conventions, which is stored in a shared CM. A CM playing this role is called institutional. This paper is an abstract of Wieringa .
|Title of host publication||Information System Concepts: An In-dept Analysis|
|Editors||Eckhard D. Falkenberg, Paul Lindgreen|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1989|
Wieringa, R. J. (1989). Three Roles of Conceptual Models in Information System Design and Use. In E. D. Falkenberg, & P. Lindgreen (Eds.), Information System Concepts: An In-dept Analysis (pp. 31-51). Amsterdam: North Holland.