An ontological analysis of some fundamental information systems concepts

Yair Wand, Ron Weber

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This paper describes how ontological concepts can be used to model information systems. We view an information system as an object that is independent of its use or its technology of implementation. The main premise of the model is that an information system is a representation of a real-world system, and as such it should possess certain characteristics, We show how the model can be used to define various concepts such as real-time, batch, data processing, management reporting, decision support, controls, and decomposition. Furthermore, we show how the model may serve as the foundation of a theory of systems analysis and design. In particular, it provides a formal definition of information systems specifications and a normative model of decomposition.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems 1988 - Minneapolis, United States of America
Duration: 30 Nov 19883 Dec 1988
Conference number: 9th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems 1988
Abbreviated titleICIS 1988
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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