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Conceptual models of organizations are widely recognized to act as a foundation for communication, alignment, improvement or even support for verification and enactment of work processes. To fulfil their prospective purpose, conceptual models of organizational phenomena need to appropriately represent the relevant parts of organizational reality. Knowledge about organizational reality can be acquired from the subjects being part of an organization in different roles. Neither the acquisition of this knowledge nor its representation in conceptual modles is a trivial task. Challenges already start in specificing what an appropriate representation and the relevant parts of organizational reality could be given a certain modeling objective. Guiding such subject-driven modeling processes in organizations is a subject hardly ever adressed in detail in today's curricula concerned with the socio-technical support of organizational work (such as business information systems or work sciences).

The objective of the intensive programme (IP) is to transfer skills to students that enable them to guide and facilitate a subject-driven organizational modeling process, tailored to given modeling objectives and a given group of end-users. The guiding principle of the IP is to consider subjects acting in a certain role within an organization to be the main sources of knowledge about work and its organizational context. Consequently, the major operational goal of an subject-driven organizational modeling process is to methodologically and technically support individuals in externalizing, aligning, reflecting and formalizing their views on work.

The expected outcome of the IP is an empirically evaluated educational concept for transfering skills in subject-driven and role-guided organizational modeling. This concept will initially be applied in the IP for a set of 37 students from 6 European countries. The long-term objective of the IP is to strengthen cooperation and exchange of knowledge among researchers and scholars actively contributing to the IP's thematic area all over Europe.



Julia Marek, MBA
Mag. Maria Mitterhauser
Mag. Stanislava Kobzova