Towards Organizational Self-Awareness: An Initial Architecture and Ontology

Towards Organizational Self-Awareness: An Initial Architecture and Ontology

Marielba Zacarias (INESC/INOV, Portugal), Rodrigo Magalhaes (University of Lisbon, Portugal), Artur Caetano (University of Lisbon, Portugal), H. Sofia Pinto (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and Jose Tribolet (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-660-0.ch007
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Human beings are, by nature, self-aware beings. This capacity lets us know who we are, how we do things, and what we (and others) are doing at any particular moment. In organizations, self-awareness is an essential prerequisite for effective action, decision-making, and learning processes. However, it must be built and maintained by continuous interactions among their members. This chapter lays out the foundations of a comprehensive high-level modeling framework as a means for enhancing organizational self-awareness. The modeling framework encompasses an architecture and ontology, which puts together human, social, and organizational approaches with modeling frameworks coming from the computer sciences and IS/IT fields. The proposed approach is illustrated with two example applications which use the finer-grained concepts of the framework. An analysis of the implications of this approach and issues to be addressed is provided.

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Olov Forsgren
Peter Rittgen
Peter Rittgen
Chapter 1
Anne M. Cregan
Semantic technologies are a new wave of computing, using explicit representation of meaning to enable data interoperability and more powerful and... Sample PDF
Overview of Semantic Technologies
Chapter 2
Marcus Spies, Christophe Roche
This chapter shows how the Aristotelian or epistemological approach to ontologies can be understood in the framework of recent domain ontology... Sample PDF
Aristotelian Ontologies and OWL Modeling
Chapter 3
Werner Cesusters, Barry Smith
For corporate memory and enterprise ontology systems to be maximally useful, they must be freed from certain barriers placed around them by... Sample PDF
Referent Tracking for Corporate Memories
Chapter 4
Aldo Gangemi, Valentina Presutti
In this chapter we show a simple example of how different but complementary approaches to enterprise business interaction modeling (e.g., business... Sample PDF
Ontology Design for Interaction in a Reasonable Enterprise
Chapter 5
Goran Goldkuho, Mikael Lind
In the information systems field there exist several theories for guiding the evaluation and design of information systems. These theories need to... Sample PDF
Grounding Business Interaction Models: Socio-Instrumental Pragmatism as Theoretical Foundation
Chapter 6
Peter Rittgen
We claim that a general conceptual framework for the IS field should provide some kind of common upper-level ontology to describe and explain... Sample PDF
Towards a Meta-Model for Socio-Instrumental Pragmatism
Chapter 7
Marielba Zacarias, Rodrigo Magalhaes, Artur Caetano, H. Sofia Pinto, Jose Tribolet
Human beings are, by nature, self-aware beings. This capacity lets us know who we are, how we do things, and what we (and others) are doing at any... Sample PDF
Towards Organizational Self-Awareness: An Initial Architecture and Ontology
Chapter 8
Ivan J. Jureta, Stephane Faulkner, Manuel Kolp
This chapter introduces an agent-oriented enterprise model for conducting enterprise modeling during the early stages of information system... Sample PDF
An Agent-Oriented Enterprise Model for Early Requirements Engineering
Chapter 9
Roy Gelbard, Abraham Carmeli
As an emergent field of research and practice, the management of information and communication technologies (ICT) offers complex challenges, such as... Sample PDF
Toward an Ontology of ICT Management: Integration of Organizational Theories and ICT Core Constructs
Chapter 10
Hadas Weinberger, Dov Te’eni, Ariel J. Frank
This chapter presents KnowledgeEco, a domain ontology for organizational memory (OM). Based on extant theories of the domain, KnowledgeEco defines... Sample PDF
KnowledgeEco: An Ontology of Organizational Memory
Chapter 11
Fabio Massacci, John Mylopoulos, Nicola Zannone
Security is often compromised by exploiting vulnerabilities in the interface between the organization and the information systems that support it.... Sample PDF
An Ontology for Secure Socio-Technical Systems
Chapter 12
Paul Jackson, Ray Webster
This chapter describes a methodology developed to elicit knowledge for the design of a corporate Intranet within a government agency. This Intranet... Sample PDF
Linking Ontological Conceptions and Mapping Business Life Worlds
Chapter 13
Agnes Koschmider, Andreas Oberweis
Coupling of interorganizational business processes in electronic markets is a difficult and time-consuming task. In practice, business processes are... Sample PDF
Modeling Semantic Business Process Models
Chapter 14
Juhnyoung Lee
Semantic markup languages such as RDF (resource description framework) and OWL (Web ontology language) are increasingly used to externalize metadata... Sample PDF
Ontologies for Model-Driven Business Transformation
Chapter 15
Charu Chandra
Information is essential to integrating business processes. An information organization framework formalized as a reference model is proposed. It... Sample PDF
Ontology as Information System Support for Supply Chain Management
Chapter 16
Bernhard Holtkamp, Norbert Weißenberg, Manfred Wojciechowski, Rudiger Gartmann
This chapter describes the use of ontologies for personalized situation-aware information and service supply of mobile users in different... Sample PDF
Matching Dynamic Demands of Mobile Users with Dynamic Service Offers
Chapter 17
Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Yannis Kalfoglou
Explosion of information and increasing demands on semantic processing Web applications have pushed software systems to their limits. To address... Sample PDF
Knowledge Management Support for Enterprise Distributed Systems
Chapter 18
Carol Kort, Jaap Gordijn
The banking industry is subject to a wave of consolidation taking the form of mergers but also the formation of strategic partnerships. In this... Sample PDF
Modeling Strategic Partnerships Using the E3value Ontology: A Field Study in the Banking Industry
Chapter 19
Peter Weiß
This chapter proposes a new approach for business partner management with ontologies in large business communities. The often postulated... Sample PDF
Towards Adaptive Business Networks: Business Partner Management with Ontologies
Chapter 20
Eva Gahleitner, Wolfram Wöß
Ontologies still lack in including and considering the dynamic aspects of business processes. Therefore, existing ontology-based information systems... Sample PDF
POVOO: Process Oriented Views on Ontologies Supporting Business Interaction
Chapter 21
Jingshan Huang, Jiangbo Dang, Michael N. Huhns
Traditional businesses are finding great advantages from the incorporation of e-business capabilities, especially for participation in the global... Sample PDF
Ontology-Based Partner Selection in Business Interaction
Chapter 22
Alma-Delia Cuevas-Rasgado, Adolfo Guzman-Arenas
Ontologies are becoming important repositories of information useful for business transactions and operations since they are amenable to knowledge... Sample PDF
A Language and Algorithm for Automatic Merging of Ontologies
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