Unternehmensmodellierung 2

Name in diploma supplementEnterprise Modelling 2
Organisational Unit Forschungsgruppe Wirtschaftsinformatik und Unternehmensmodellierung (http://www.wi-inf.uni-duisburg-essen.de/FGFrank/)
LecturersProf. Dr. Ulrich Frank
Cyclesummer semesterParticipants at mostno limit

Preliminary knowledge

Enterprise Modelling I: Lecture (Concepts and Theories)


This lecture extends the knowledge gained in Enterprise Modelling I. First, the participants learn to assess and use advanced concepts of object-oriented modelling. The engineering approach to developing software will be considered, then contrasted with alternative approaches, such as agile methods and the Soft Systems Methodology. After introducing the concept of meta modeling, the focus is assigned to the design of Domain-specific modelling languages. Domain-specific modelling languages (DSML) lie at the heart of conceptual modelling. The participants learn to judge the specific benefits and challenges related to DSML as opposed to general-purpose modelling languages such as, e.g., UML. A presentation of the core concepts and their specification through meta-models is supplemented by application scenarios – including model-driven software development.

Methods for enterprise modelling, which generally make use of DSML, are at the core of the lecture. An overview of important methods gives an idea of objectives and key abstractions. Against this background, the MEMO (Multi-Perspective Enterprise Modelling) method is taught in more detail, and its utility illustrated through various application scenarios. To enable a deeper understanding of MEMO, its conceptual foundation will be outlined including the language architecture and excerpts of meta-models. The goal is to lead participants to an understanding that enterprise modelling offers a versatile conceptual foundation for method engineering. Our hope is that our students will gain not only understanding of the concepts of reference enterprise models, but appreciate the remarkable effort it takes to develop enterprise models, and the set of challenges related to their construction and dissemination.  In addition, students will get familiar with new trends and developments in the enterprise modeling/conceptual modelling field.

It is recommended that participants attend the accompanying tutorial (Enterprise Modelling II: Applying Methods and Tools).


  1. Object-Oriented Modelling: Advanced Concepts
  2. Focus on abstraction
  3. Modelling Languages Methods
  4. Enterprise Modelling
  5. Multi-Perspective Enterprise Modelling (MEMO)
  6. Alternative Approaches to System Development and Design
  7. Multi-level Modelling
  8. Quality of Models


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  • Frank, U.: Some Guidelines for the Conception of Domain-Specific Modelling Languages. In: Markus Nüttgens; Oliver Thomas; Barbara Weber (Eds.): Proceedings of the Conference 'Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures' (EMISA 2011). Lecture Notes in Informatics, GI, Bonn, Germany, Vol. P-190, 2011, p. 93-106
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  • BWL EaF Master 2015>Wahlpflichtbereich >Modul "Unternehmensmodellierung 2"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
  • WiInf Master 2010>Wahlpflichtbereich >Wahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik >Modul "Unternehmensmodellierung 2"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
WIWI‑C0523 - Lecture: Unternehmensmodellierung 2