The main concern of part I is to develop an understanding of the phenomenon
that is to be investigated: What is the problem, why is it
a problem and how is the problem investigated?
In Search of a Problem
Chapter 1 provides a motivation for the
research project, and presents the overall research questions and objectives.
Alternative research approaches are discussed, followed by an outline of
the chosen strategy: A qualitative, observational, interpretive approach.
Chapter 2 presents an overview of three
initial empirical studies of enterprise modeling. The studies were conducted
in order to develop an understanding of enterprise modeling practice in
a real world organization, and to identify issues perceived to be problematic
within enterprise modeling.
In chapter 3 fundamental conceptual and
philosophical issues underlying enterprise modeling in general are discussed.
The body of theories is chosen so as to be consistent with observations
from the initial empirical studies.
The primary outcome of part I is a firm basis for understanding the
problems under investigation.