A Metamodelling Approach to Process Concept Customization and Enactability in MetaCASE

Abstract: MetaCASE environments are emerging with support for method engineering and methods’ use. In this scope, also the importance of process engineering has been recognized and the research on methodical process support has started to seek appropriate forms. One of the problems faced in process support customization is the increasing variety of process modelling techniques and methods with different philosophical and conceptual approaches. Yet none of these approaches may be claimed superior or inferior to others in general. Since metaCASE environments should be designed to support a wide range of arbitrary methods, the conceptual coverage of process modelling language (PML) supported by a metaCASE environment needs to be exceptionally wide. Thus, mechanisms for defining and modifying PMLs with different underlying orientations and conceptual foundations need to be developed in metaCASE environments.

The main objective of the thesis is to investigate the possibility to apply metamodelling principles in defining situational PMLs for automated process support in metaCASE. The research searches for general principles and alternatives in process support customization, develops concepts and tools to define customizable PMLs by metamodelling, and introduces the relevant process enaction mechanisms implemented in a metaCASE environment MetaEdit+. Finally, the tools will be used to define a variety of PMLs to evaluate the PMLs and the proposed approach. The research method is constructive and the questions are addressed through an incremental and iterative cycle of theory building, system development, and experimentation.

Reference: Koskinen, M. 1997. A Metamodelling Approach to Process Concept Customization and Enactability in MetaCASE. ICIS Doctoral Consortium. December 1997, Atlanta, USA.

Available online: 1997-ICISDC.pdf