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Using patterns in conceptual modeling of business activities

Patterns are used as building blocks for design and construction in many fields such as
architecture, music, literature, etc. Researchers and practitioners in the information
systems area have been exploring patterns and using them in system analysis and design.
Patterns found in the analysis stage, when analysts create conceptual models to abstractly
represent domain reality, are call business patterns or analysis patterns. Although various
business patterns were proposed in previous studies, we found that business semantics
were missing in these patterns. These business patterns failed to show functionalities that
is essential to patterns in general. Most of these patterns were also not capable of
describing business activities, the dynamic aspect of business. This study is conducted to
address these issues. In this thesis, we provide a brief literature review on business
patterns, and discuss the major problems we found in these studies. Then we introduce
our research approach and the major outcomes. We propose a new definition of business
patterns with business semantics, which enables us to recover the missing functionality in
business patterns. We suggest the key elements to represent business patterns, and
propose a two-level template (functional and operational) to describe these elements.
Based on theR²M approach, we propose a modeling method with graphical notations to
describe the operational level of patterns, where business activities can be modeled.
Examples and a case study are provided in this thesis to demonstrate how to use the
modeling method and how to use business patterns in practice.

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:LACETR/oai:collectionscanada.gc.ca:BVAU.2429/4081
Date11 1900
CreatorsHe, Feihu
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia
Source SetsLibrary and Archives Canada ETDs Repository / Centre d'archives des thèses électroniques de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
LanguageEnglish
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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