Information modeling is a critical process in software development. One of the key constructs in information modeling is the relationship construct. Though commonly used, the relationship construct is poorly defined and lacks a strong theoretical foundation. The objectives of this research are to define and classify the various relationships based on a theory in linguistic known as the relation element theory. This paper describes the theory, relates the theory to the relationship construct, and discusses the implication of the theory on the relationship construct.
Siau, Keng, "Theoretical Foundation for Relationship Construct in Information Modeling --Relation Element Theory" (1997). AMCIS 1997 Proceedings. 309.