Conceptual Modelling

In Business Information Systems, models usually refer to purposefully constructed abstractions that are intended to represent an existing or fictitious fact. A special form of models are conceptual models. Conceptual models are models that are characterized by a special feature: they aim at mapping the central, long-term valid concepts behind a subject. This also means that in a first step they abstract from technical details (e.g. specifics of a concrete programming language or technological platforms).

The abstraction of rapidly and frequently changing details towards temporally stable, invariant concepts promises, on the one hand, a higher economic efficiency of the models, since these models need to be changed and adapted less frequently and can be reused in a larger number of cases. On the other hand, they promise to promote communication between actors who are familiar with the concepts in the application domain.

Although conceptual modelling has already found its way into Business Information Systems at an early stage, a large number of interesting questions remain unanswered, e.g. on type formation (how to find appropriate types?) or on the connection and differentiation between instantiation and specialisation.



ModGw2014, Modellierung im Gesundheitswesen - Workshop im Rahmen der Tagung Modellierung 2014, 2014-03-19 - 2014-03-20, Vienna, Austria


DSM'09, The 9th OOPSLA Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling, 2009-10-25 - 2009-10-26, Orlando, USA


  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frank (Author)
  • Dr. Jürgen Jung (Member of Program Committee)
  • Dr. David Heise (Author, Presenter)
  • Dipl.-Wirt.-Inf. Heiko Kattenstroth (Author, Presenter)

DLM 2008, Dienstleistungsmodellierung 2008, 2008-03-14, Berlin, Germany


  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Strecker (Member of Program Committee)


Dr. Jens Gulden


Former Senior Academic Staff
Dr. Carola Schauer

Dr., (geb. Lange)

Former Senior Academic Staff

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  • Frank, Ulrich: Designing Models and Systems to Support IT Management: A Case for Multilevel Modeling. In: MULTI 2016 – Multi-Level Modelling. Proceedings of the Workshop in Saint-Malo. 2016, p. 3-24. PDFCitationDetails
  • Bock, Alexander: Conceptual Models and Reflective Decision Making: A Conceptual-Constructivist Synthesis, Review, and Modeling Framework. In: Assar, Said; Strecker, Stefan (Ed.): Doctoral Consortium of the 18th IEEE Conference on Business Informatics. 2016. CitationDetails
  • Bock, Alexander: How Modeling Language Shapes Decisions: Problem-Theoretical Arguments and Illustration of an Example Case. In: Schmidt, Rainer; Guédria, Wided; Bider, Ilia; Guerreiro, Sérgio (Ed.): Enterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling. 21st International Conference, EMMSAD 2016, Held at CAiSE 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 13-14,2016. Springer, 2016, p. 383-398. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39429-9_24Full textCitationDetails
  • Bock, Alexander; Frank, Ulrich: Multi-Perspective Enterprise Modelling – Conceptual Foundation and Implementation with ADOxx. In: Karagiannis, Dimitris; Mayr, Heinrich C.; Mylopoulos, John (Ed.): Domain-Specific Conceptual Modeling – Concepts, Methods and Tools. 2016, p. 241-267. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39417-6_11Full textCitationDetails
  • Frank, Ulrich: Modelle und die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Welt. In: Erwägen Wissen Ethik, Vol 26 (2015) No 3, p. 372-375. Full textCitationDetails
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  • Kinderen, Sybren De; Ma, Qin: Requirements Engineering for the Design of Conceptual Modeling Languages-a goal-and value-oriented approach. In: Applied Ontology, Vol 10 (2015) No 1, p. 7-24. Full textCitationDetails
  • Overbeek, Sietse; Janssen, Marijn: Using a Domain-Specific Modeling Language for Analyzing Harmonizing and Interfering Public and Private Sector Goals: A Scenario in the Context of Open Data for Weather Forecasting. In: Filipe, Joaquim; Hammoudi, Slimane; Pires, Luis Ferreira; Desfrey, Philippe (Ed.): MODELSWARD 2015: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development, Angers, France, 9-11 February, 2015. SciTePress, Lisbon, Portugal, EU, 2015. CitationDetails
  • Heise, David; Strecker, Stefan; Frank, Ulrich: ControlML: A domain-specific modeling language in support of assessing internal controls and the internal control system. In: International Journal of Accounting Information Systems (IJAIS), Vol 15 (2014) No 3, p. 224-245. doi:10.1016/j.accinf.2013.09.001Full textCitationDetails
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  • Frank, Ulrich: Multilevel Modeling: Toward a New Paradigm of Conceptual Modeling and Information Systems Design. In: Business and Information Systems Engineering online first, Vol 6 (2014) No 6, p. 319-337. doi:10.1007/s12599-014-0350-4Full textCitationDetails
  • Frank, Ulrich: Mehrebenen-Modellierung: Ein Vorschlag für ein neues Paradigma der konzeptuellen Modellierung und des Entwurfs von Informationssystemen. In: Wirtschaftsinformatik online first, Vol 56 (2014) No 6, p. 347-367. doi:10.1007/s11576-014-0438-yFull textCitationDetails
  • Bock, Alexander; Kaczmarek, Monika; Overbeek, Sietse; Heß, Michael: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Enterprise Modelling Approaches. In: Frank, Ulrich; Loucopoulos, Pericles; Petrounias, Ilias; Pastor, Óscar (Ed.): The Practice of Enterprise Modeling: 7th IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference, PoEM 2014, Manchester, UK, November 12-13, 2014, Proceedings. Springer, 2014, p. 148-163. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-45501-2_11Full textCitationDetails
  • Gulden, Jens; Reijers, Hajo: Toward Advanced Visualization Techniques for Conceptual Modeling. In: Grabis, Janis; Sandkuhl, Kurt (Ed.): Proceedings of the CAiSE Forum 2015. CEUR, 2015. CitationDetails
  • Frank, Ulrich: Thoughts on Classification / Instantiation and Generalisation / Specialisation - ICB Research Report. 53. Essen 2012. doi:10.17185/duepublico/47059PDFFull textCitationDetails
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  • Frank, Ulrich: Integration - Reflections on a Pivotal Concept for Designing and Evaluating Information Systems. In: Kaschek, Roland; Kop, Christian; Steinberger, Claudia; Fliedl, Günther (Ed.): Information Systems and e-Business Technologies. 2nd International United Information Systems Conference UNISCON 2008. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2008, p. 111-122. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-78942-0_13Full textCitationDetails
  • Schauer, Hanno; Schauer, Carola: Modelling Techniques for Knowledge Management. In: Lytras, Miltiadis; Russ, Meir; Maier, Ronald; Naeve, Ambjorn (Ed.): Knowledge management strategies: A handbook of applied technologies. Information Science Reference, 2008. CitationDetails