Modeling Styles in Business Process Modeling
Research on quality issues of business process models has recently begun to explore the process of creating process models. As a consequence, the question arises whether different ways of creating process models exist. In this paper, the authors observed 115 students engaged in the act of modeling, recording all their interactions with the modeling environment using a specialized tool. The recordings of process modeling were subsequently clustered. Results presented in this paper suggest the existence of three distinct modeling styles, exhibiting significantly different characteristics. They believe that this finding constitutes another building block toward a more comprehensive understanding of the process of process modeling that will ultimately enable them to support modelers in creating better business process models.