Regulatory framework

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A framework structures a system by comprising its individual elements and arranging them on the basis of their relationships to one another. In Anglo-American literature, the term “ business model ” or the more general term “ framework ” is used synonymously .

Origin of name

The word ordnungsrahmen comes from the Latinordo ” (row, rank, order, stand) as well as the Middle High German “ rame ” or the Old High German “ rama ” (border, support, frame).


A regulatory framework structures the planning and implementation of the design of a system and facilitates communication through the transparent presentation. Thus, a framework represents a model with a high degree of abstraction, which shows the connection between the components and relationships of a system. This enables an overview of even complex relationships to be provided in a catchy way.

Volker Meise uses this to refer to the selected illustration language, the type of structure and hierarchical references: “ A framework divides elements and relationships of an original that have been declared as relevant on a high level of abstraction according to a selected structure in any language. The purpose of a regulatory framework is to provide an overview of the original and, when classifying elements and relationships of subordinate levels of detail, to reveal their relationships to other elements and relationships of the regulatory framework. "

In the context of business informatics and thus for the management of information systems , over fifty frameworks can be enumerated that describe regulatory frameworks in a wide variety of ways. Dirk Matthes arranges objects relevant to knowledge according to three aspects:

  1. Grouping according to the object type of the knowledge-relevant objects (e.g. data, technologies)
  2. Arrangement of these groups next to one another (for example, describes the relevance to one another) or one above the other (for example, describes a dependency on groups below)
  3. Order according to certain points of view
Framework ARIS ( Ar chitecture integrated I nformation s ystems)

Systems encompassed by regulatory frameworks can be, for example, models for organizational design (for example business process reengineering ) or models for designing information systems (for example ARIS ). Frameworks can either be domain-neutral (for example ARIS) or domain-specific (for example Y-CIM model ), depending on whether they are only designed for a certain area of ​​application or can be transferred to other areas.

For example, regulatory frameworks are contained in the following reference models:

A regulatory framework must always be located on a higher aggregation level than the reference model it represents .


Individual evidence

  1. Peter Terrell (Ed.): Collins German-English, English-German. 2nd Edition. Klett, Stuttgart 1991, ISBN 3-12-517151-2 , p. 260.
  2. Dudenredaktion (ed.): Duden Etymologie. Dictionary of origin of the German language. Bibliographisches Institut, Mannheim 1963, pp. 482 and 548.
  3. Volker Meise: Framework for process-oriented organizational design, Kovač, Hamburg 2001, ISBN 3-8300-0354-4 ( Studies on Business Information Systems. Volume 10), p. 62.
  4. Matthes, Dirk (2011). Enterprise Architecture Frameworks Compendium. Over 50 frameworks for IT management. Springer publishing house. ISBN 978-3-642-12954-4 , p. 10
  5. Oliver Thomas, Bettina Kaffai, Peter Loos: Reference model-based event management with event- controlled process chains . (PDF; 302 kB) Saarbrücken 2005, p. 8

Web links

  • Framework Map (PDF; 504 kB) - different frameworks in the EAF Compendium