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Occurrent vs Continuant Business Enterprise: an Ontological Approach
Ioannis Kougias, Lambrini Seremetis, Dimitris Kalogeras

Last modified: 2015-09-24

Abstract


Even though business is defined as being an organization where goods and services are exchanged for making profit, there is some confusion concerning its conceptualization, for it presupposes the formulation of an abstract and simplified view of what it really means. Explicitly specifying concepts that are presumed to be of interest for some particular purpose and the relationships between them, facilitates knowledge sharing and reuse. The crucial point of this work is to explicitly and formally represent all the dimensions of a business by using the upper level ontology BFO (Basic Formal Ontology), which is widely accepted and is used as a valuable reference for many scientific fields. Numerous research groups are now utilizing BFO to assist in the organization and integration of information. In this perspective, we intend to develop an ontological framework, which will categorize business enterprises as occurrents or continuants, according to their plans, models and strategies

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