Challenges in collaborative modeling: A literature review

Michiel Renger, Gwendolyn L. Kolfschoten, Gert Jan De Vreede

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52 Scopus citations


Modeling is a key activity in conceptual design and system design. Users as well as stakeholders, experts and entrepreneurs need to be able to create shared understanding about a system representation. In this paper we conducted a literature review to provide an overview of studies in which collaborative modeling efforts have been conducted to give first insights in the challenges of collaborative modeling, specifically with respect to group composition, collaboration & participation methods, modeling methods and quality in collaborative modeling. We found a critical challenge in dealing with the lack of modeling skills, such as having a modeler to support the group, or create the model for the group versus training to empower participants to actively participate in the modeling effort, and another critical challenge in resolving conflicting (parts of) models and integration of submodels or models from different perspectives. The overview of challenges presented in this paper will inspire the design of methods and support systems that will ultimately advance the efficiency and effectiveness of collaborative modeling tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Enterprise Engineering I - 4th International Workshop CIAO, 4th International Workshop EOMAS, held at CAiSE 2008, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783540686439
StatePublished - 2008
Event4th International Workshop CIAO, and 4th International Workshop EOMAS, held at CAiSE 2008 - Montpellier, France
Duration: Jun 16 2008Jun 17 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume10 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference4th International Workshop CIAO, and 4th International Workshop EOMAS, held at CAiSE 2008


  • Collaborative modeling
  • Groups
  • Modeling methods
  • Participation
  • System analysis and design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management


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