What Do I Get from Modeling? An Empirical Study on Using Structural Conceptual Models

Isadora Valle Sousa*, Tiago Prince Sales, Eduardo Guerra, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos, Giancarlo Guizzardi

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In the context of enterprises, a wide range of models is developed and used for diverse purposes. Due to the investments involved in modeling, these models should ideally be used in projects in which their benefits outweigh their costs. The analysis of modeling benefits and costs requires an in-depth understanding of the goals of modeling and the properties of models that influence their achievement. This is an issue that has not been sufficiently investigated in the literature. Therefore, we conducted an empirical study to identify and understand the goals modelers aim to achieve through their models, the properties of the models that can aid in the achievement of these goals, and how they assess this achievement. In this study, we focus on a subset of these models, namely structural conceptual models. We found empirical evidence to state that modelers usually achieve more than one goal that can vary among six types of functional goals of modeling and four types of quality goals of modeling. Moreover, according to them, there are six properties of structural conceptual models that can aid in satisfying these goals. Finally, the analysis presented insights into why modelers only subjectively assess the satisfaction of their modeling goals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise Design, Operations, and Computing
Subtitle of host publication27th International Conference, EDOC 2023, Groningen, The Netherlands, October 30 – November 3, 2023, Proceedings
EditorsHenderik A. Proper, Luise Pufahl, Dimka Karastoyanova, Marten van Sinderen, João Moreira
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-46587-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-46586-4
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event27th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2023 - the Bernoulli Institute at the University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 30 Oct 20233 Nov 2023
Conference number: 27

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference27th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2023
Abbreviated titleEDOC 2023
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  • Conceptual modeling
  • Modeling goals
  • Value in modeling
  • 2024 OA procedure


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