This week Associate Professor Jan Recker explained his work in progress in the course of the BPM Seminar Series. His presentation was about: Cognitive Perspectives on Processes and Outcomes of Process Modelling. Jan is an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow and Associate Professor for Information Systems at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. His main areas of research include methods for organizational and technological process design and the usage of process design in organizational practice. His research is published in the MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems, the European Journal of Information Systems, Information & Management, the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, the Business Process Management Journal and others. He is an Associate Editor for the Communications of the AIS, a member of the editorial board of several international journals and serves on the program committee of various conferences.

 Abstract: Process models are used by information professionals to convey semantics about the business operations in a real-world domain that are intended to be supported by an information system. Understanding and applying these models in efforts to analyse or design organizational or IT-based processes is, in its essence, a cognitive task that requires individuals to comprehend the domain, form a mental model of the domain, externalize this model in the form of a process model and decide on relevant actions. This talk presents recent and current outcomes of a research program that examines cognitive principles and how they are relevant to understanding process modelling practice. Several theoretical and empirical studies are presented and an outlook is given about current and future studies.