2.    Three Initial Empirical Studies

With the discussion of research questions and approach from chapter 1 in mind, attention is turned to investigation of three introductory enterprise modeling projects. The rationale for conducting the studies was to develop a more profound understanding of issues perceived to be problematic or of interest to enterprise modeling practitioners.

The empirical studies presented in the current chapter were conducted with an open mind (i.e., with few explicitly stated expectations of what to find), resulting in a coarse and broad sampling of data. The experiences from the studies were used to focus literature studies and develop sensitivity for inquiries in the main empirical study. The research questions were also developed and revised as a consequence of the studies.

The primary outcome of the three studies was a more sophisticated understanding of enterprise modeling practice. The presentation of the studies in the thesis has a similar objective: To provide the reader with examples of practical enterprise modeling, also functioning as a basis for the more theoretically oriented discussions in chapter 3.

2.1 Introduction to the Studies
2.1.1 Background
2.1.2 Presentation of the studies
2.2 VPT -- Creation of Value Across Borders
2.2.1 Background and objectives
2.2.2 Enterprise models
2.2.3 The project organization
2.2.4 The enterprise modeling process
2.2.5 Problems and particularities of VPT
2.3 PA30 -- Process Plant 30
2.3.1 Background and objectives
2.3.2 Enterprise models
2.3.3 The project organization
2.3.4 The enterprise modeling process
2.3.5 Problems and particularities of PA30
2.4 Gazz -- Gas Logistics
2.4.1 Background and objectives
2.4.2 Enterprise models
2.4.3 Organization of modeling
2.4.4 The enterprise modeling process
2.4.5 Problems and particularities of Gazz
2.5 Concluding Remarks