Jan Recker - Conceptual Modelling Research

Speaker: prof. dr. Jan Recker

The role of information systems (IS) as representations of real-world systems is changing in an
increasingly digitalized world, suggesting that conceptual modeling is losing its relevance to the IS
field. We argue the opposite: Conceptual modeling research is more relevant to the IS field than ever,
but it requires an update on current theory. We develop a new theoretical framework of conceptual
modeling that delivers a fundamental shift in the assumptions that govern research in this area. This
move can make traditional knowledge about conceptual modeling consistent with the emerging
requirements of a digital world. Our framework draws attention to the role of conceptual modeling
scripts as mediators between physical and digital realities. We identify new research questions about
grammar, methods, scripts, agents, and contexts that are situated in intertwined physical and digital
realities. We discuss several implications for conceptual modeling scholarship that relate to the
necessity of developing new methods and grammars for conceptual modeling, broadening the
methodological array of conceptual modeling scholarship, and considering new dependent variables.

26 January 2021
13:00 - 14:00

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About Jan Recker

Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for Information Systems at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School, Australia. In his research he explores the intersection of technology, people and work. He works with particularly large organizations, such as Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Lufthansa, Ubisoft, Esri, federal and state governments, and with particularly small organizations ("start-ups") in the consumer goods, hardware, and financial sectors. He tackles questions such as systems analysis and design practices in the digital age digital entrepreneurship digital innovation and transformation in large organizations digitalization of products, services, and processes digital solutions for a sustainable future research in these areas draws on quantitative, qualitative and computational methods. He has published in leading information systems, management science, software engineering, project management, computer science, and sociology journals. He has also written popular textbooks on scientific research and data analysis, which are in use in over 500 institutions in over 60 countries. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems from 2015- 2020. He is Senior Editor for the MIS Quarterly. In 2019, he was named #1 business researcher under 40 years of age by the German Magazine Wirtschaftswoche. He was the youngest academic ever to be named an AIS fellow in 2018. In 2019, he received an “Outstanding Associate Editor Award” from MIS Quarterly.

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