Different disciplines have been established to deal with the representation of entities of different ontological natures: the business process modeling discipline focuses mostly on event-like entities, and, in contrast, the (structural) conceptual modeling discipline focuses mostly on object-like entities (known as endurants in the ontology literature). In this paper, we discuss the impact of the event vs. endurant divide for conceptual models, showing that a rich ontological account is required to bridge this divide. Accounting for the ontological differences in events and endurants as well as their relations can lead to a more comprehensive representation of business reality.
Ontological Considerations About the Representation of Events and Endurants in Business Models
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Business Process Management. 14th International Conference (BPM 2016), pp. 20–36, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18-22/9/2016