11.2 Claimed Contributions
The contributions from this research project are claimed to be the following:
The perspective on enterprise modeling as a means to support human
sense-making and communication in organizations has been (and still is)
underdeveloped. The effort reported here is a contribution to strengthening
of this perspective, and also outlines a theoretical foundation.
Four empirical studies of projects employing enterprise modeling
all contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of enterprise modeling
practice, as called for on page 7. The accounts from the empirical
studies are considered to be contributions on their own.
A series of principles for enterprise modeling are provided, representing
lessons learned from the empirical studies. Although the principles may
not represent groundbreaking new insights, at least some of them have not
been widely discussed in other literature on enterprise modeling: E.g.,
the observations that enterprise models can be effectively used as structuring
devices and that project groups may very well create their own modeling
languages represent insights not commonly reflected upon.
A framework for team-based enterprise modeling – Tema – being
in accordance with observed practice is outlined. It is demonstrated how
a careful selection of currently available and comprehensible techniques
can be combined to form an alternative approach to enterprise modeling
that is dedicated to the challenges of enterprise modeling as sense-making.