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Virtual Business Role-play: Leveraging Familiar Environments to Prime Stakeholder Memory during Process Elicitation

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Business process models have traditionally been an effective way of examining business practices to identify areas for improvement. While common information gathering approaches are generally efficacious, they can be quite time consuming and have the risk of developing inaccuracies when information is forgotten or incorrectly interpreted by analysts. In this study, the potential of a role-playing approach for process elicitation and specification has been examined. This method allows stakeholders to enter a virtual world and role-play actions as they would in reality. As actions are completed, a model is automatically developed, removing the need for stakeholders to learn and understand a modelling grammar. Empirical data obtained in this study suggests that this approach may not only improve both the number of individual process task steps remembered and the correctness of task ordering, but also provide a reduction in the time required for stakeholders to model a process view.

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Paper in Conference Proceedings or in Workshop Proceedings (Full Paper in Proceedings)
Event Title
International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering 2015
Divisions
Workflow Systems and Technology
Event Location
Stockholm
Event Type
Conference
Event Dates
8 - 12 June 2015
Date
March 2015
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