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Organisational modelling for information systems

An organisation is an information system that is infinitely rich and complex. One can never exhaustively study a social or business organisation. What is modelled is always a part of it; and what is seen is just a realisation (or an instance) of a pattern of behaviour of some agent. If one wishes to model a business system, one has to focus on the level of the pattern of behaviour. The method of semantic analysis provides a means to do this by devising a canonical formalism with focus on a the responsible agent and his or her repertoire of behaviour. This method covers a range of activities in information modelling, such as requirements elicitation, analysis, specification and representation.