Aligning the Constructs of Enterprise Ontology and Normalized Systems

  • Philip Huysmans
  • David Bellens
  • Dieter Van Nuffel
  • Kris Ven
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 49)


Literature suggests that, due to their complexity, organizations need to be designed in order to be effective and evolvable. Recently, two promising approaches have been introduced that are relevant in this regard. Enterprise Ontology creates essential models that are implementation-independent. Normalized Systems is concerned with the development of information systems with proven evolvability. In this paper, we combine both approaches. To this end, we express the transaction pattern—a central construct of Enterprise Ontology—using the constructs of Normalized Systems. By aligning these constructs, we attempt to introduce traceability between the Enterprise Ontology level and the Normalized Systems level. The resulting artefact exhibits the benefits of both Enterprise Ontology and Normalized Systems. We illustrate the application of the artefact in the context of enterprise architectures.


Enterprise Ontology Normalized Systems Enterprise Architecture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Huysmans
    • 1
  • David Bellens
    • 1
  • Dieter Van Nuffel
    • 1
  • Kris Ven
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management Information SystemsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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