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ICSOB 2014 : Fifth International Conference on Software Business


Conference Series : International Conference on Software Business
When Jun 15, 2014 - Jun 18, 2014
Where Paphos, Cyprus
Submission Deadline Feb 1, 2014
Notification Due Mar 10, 2014
Final Version Due Apr 7, 2014
Categories    sofware business   business information systems

Call For Papers

*** Final Call for Papers ***

Fifth International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2014)

Azia Resort and Spa, Paphos Cyprus
June 15-18, 2014

Online submission:

Extended Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2014

Conference Theme
Shortening the time-to-market: from short cycle times to continuous value delivery

Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact not only on productivity and on GDP growth globally, but also on our daily work and lives. Moreover there is a noticeable spillover within other industries (e.g. manufacturing, entertainment industry) enabling new business models: companies bundle their physical products and software services into solutions (e.g. using subscription models or in-app purchases) and start to sell independent software products in addition to physical products. Software business refers to commercial activities in and around the software industry, aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and software services. Although the software business shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherent features making it a challenging domain for research. In particular software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers or a unique experience to their users. Moreover recent developments like the emerging app economy offer a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs or start-up companies. The recent acquisition of the three-year old Finnish mobile game startup Supercell with the total value of 2.2 billion Euros shows that the future of software is not only in utility and but also in entertainment and increasing freetime of people globally. This will have a profound effect on software business and requires novel business models and new approaches to software product development as well.

ICSOB 2014 addresses researchers and practitioners, who are concerned with software business in different ways as well as the start-up community, which is increasingly focusing on mobile and social software. The main theme of 2014 focuses on speeding up the time from idea to value delivery, towards continuous delivery of added value.

Conference Topics
You are invited to submit papers addressing contemporary issues emerging at the intersection of the software and business domains, broadly defined. Both papers reporting research results and industrial experiences are welcome. Invited are original submissions on the topics listed below, including but not limited to:

Special sessions this year:
* Speeding up time-to-market: towards continuous value delivery
* Business models in game and entertainment software

Regular themes of the conference series:
* Software Platforms and Ecosystems
* Corporate networks between software companies / Software Supply Networks
* Business impacts and business models of Cloud Computing
* Software Product Management
* Software business in the future
* Licensing, Intellectual Property and Patent Issues (IP modularity)
* Business models for software startups and existing software companies
* App Economy
* Productization, Servification, and Servitization
* Impact of Megatrends on software business (e.g. Customization)
* Effects of business models on software development
* Global and cultural aspects of software business
* Mobile software business trends

Submission Instructions
Full research papers (15 pages), short papers (6 pages), industrial track presentations (abstract) and posters are all welcome. Accepted full papers
and short papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer as a volume in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series (if at least one author of the paper attends the conference and presents the paper). Extended versions of the best papers selected from ICSOB 2014 will be published in a special issue of Journal of Systems and Software ( PhD students are invited to submit research abstracts and present and discuss their work at the Doctoral Symposium. A separate CFP for the Doctoral Symposium will be published later. You may also submit workshop proposals to the conference. For details and updates visit

Important Dates
Paper Submission: February 1, (extended deadline)
Notification: March 10, 2014
Camera-Ready: April 7, 2014
Conference: June 15-18, 2014

Conference Officers
General Chair
Tiziana Margaria, University of Potsdam

Program Chairs
Casper Lassenius, Aalto University
Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Local Organization Chair
George Angelos Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus

Industry Chair
Georg Herzwurm, Universität Stuttgart

Workshops Chair
Krzysztof Wnuk, Lund University

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs
Anna-Lena Lamprecht, University of Potsdam
Tobias Tauterat, University of Stuttgart

Publicity Chair
Eetu Luoma, University of Jyväskylä

Steering Committee
Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University
Michael Cusumano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä
Björn Regnell, Lund University
Inge van de Weerd, Utrecht University
Tiziana Margaria, University of Potsdam
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University
Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart

Program Committee
Sergey Avdoshin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Peter Buxmann, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Michael Cusumano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Torgeir Dingsøyr, SINTEF, Norway
Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick / Lero, Ireland
Samuel Fricker, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Peter Gloor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Georg Herzwurm, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Thomas Hess, LMU Munich, Germany
Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
Thomas Kude, University of Mannheim, Germany
Olli Kuivalainen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ulrike Lechner, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Andrey Maglyas, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Tiziana Margaria, University of Potsdam, Germany
Rory O'Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Wolfram Pietsch, FH Aachen, Germany
Björn Regnell, Lund University, Sweden
Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany
Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Finland
Günther Ruhe, University of Calgary, Canada
Stefan Seidel, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Universität Bremen, Germany
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Krzysztof Wnuk, Lund University, Sweden

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