Modality of Business Rules

Modality of Business Rules

Terry Halpin (Neumont University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-927-4.ch008
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Abstract

A business domain is typically subject to various business rules. In practice, these rules may be of different modalities (e.g., alethic and deontic). Alethic rules impose necessities, which cannot, even in principle, be violated by the business. Deontic rules impose obligations, which may be violated, even though they ought not to be. Conceptual modeling approaches typically confine their specification of constraints to alethic rules. This chapter discusses one way to model deontic rules, especially those of a static nature. A formalization based on modal operators is provided, and some challenging semantic issues are examined from both logical and pragmatic perspectives. Because of its richer semantics, the main graphic notation used is that of object-role modeling (ORM). However, the main ideas could be adapted for UML and ER as well. A basic implementation of the proposed approach has been prototyped in Neumont ORM Architect (NORMA), a software tool that supports automated verbalization of both alethic and deontic rules.

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Preface
Keng Siau
Chapter 1
Matti Rossi, Hilkka Merisalo-Rantanen, Tuure Tuunanen
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John Erickson, Kalle Lyytinen, Keng Siau
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Understanding Agile Software, Extreme Programming, and Agile Modeling
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Mehmet N. Aydin, Frank Harmsen, Jos van Hillegersberg, Robert A. Stegwee
Little specific research has been conducted to date on the adaptation of agile information systems development (ISD) methods. This chapter presents... Sample PDF
Adaptation of an Agile Information System Development Method
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Pnina Soffer, Iris Reinhartz-Berger, Arnon Sturm
This chapter deals with the reuse of models, which assists in constructing new models on the basis of existing knowledge. Some of the activities... Sample PDF
Matching Models of Different Abstraction Levels: A Refinement Equivalence Approach
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Patrick van Bommel, Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, Erik Proper, Theo van der Weide
This chapter is about how the object-role modeling (ORM) language and approach can be used for the integration, at a deep and formal level, of... Sample PDF
On the Use of Object-Role Modeling for Modeling Active Domains
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Isabelle Mirbel
Method engineering aims at providing effective solutions to build, improve, and support the evolution of development methodologies. Contributions in... Sample PDF
Method Chunks to Federate Development Processes
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Jian Cai
This chapter introduces a generic modeling approach that explicitly represents the perspectives of stakeholders and their evolution traversing a... Sample PDF
Modeling and Analyzing Perspectives to Support Knowledge Management
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Chapter 8
Terry Halpin
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Modality of Business Rules
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Jan Recker, Jan Mendling
Often, different process models are employed in different phases of the BPM life cycle, each providing a different approach for capturing business... Sample PDF
Lost in Business Process Model Translations: How a Structured Approach Helps to Identify Conceptual Mismatch
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Theories and Models: A Brief Look at Organizational Memory Management
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