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BPMDS 2009 : The 10th Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support


Conference Series : Business Process Modeling, Development and Support
When Jun 8, 2009 - Jun 9, 2009
Where Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline Feb 18, 2009

Call For Papers

10th Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support


Drivers of Business Process Development: Business, IT, Compliance

8-9 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

sponsored by IFIP WG8.1 (International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.1)

Selmin Nurcan, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France

Rainer Schmidt, University of Applied Sciences, Aalen, Germany

Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa, Israel
Roland Ukor, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK

New business processes are created and existing ones evolve following different kinds of drivers or motivations. BPMDS’08 was dedicated to business process life-cycle, discussing issues such as how to streamline transitions among phases in the life-cycle of a business process (design, deployment, operation-evaluation). The next BPMDS will be devoted to the drivers related to these phases and to their transitions, and how they can be accommodated into a broader and dynamic view of the business process life-cycle. The research question will be what "drives" the wheel (the business process life cycle) when it turns to reach a moving business target with regard to market changes and continuous improvement requirements.

We distinguish three groups of these drivers, which can exist separately or in any combination in real life situations.

First, business objectives and goals drive the creation and evolution of business processes. Evolution of business processes can be driven by attempts to improve the achievement of business objectives (based on their measurement), or by the need to adapt to changes in these objectives. Research issues related to business drivers include their systematic identification, integration into process design and evolution, performance measurement, and others.

Second, the availability of new IT systems (any kind of components-on-the-shelf) can drive both the creation and evolution of business processes. The introduction of new information systems can enforce or enable or require the design of new business process; new possibilities of business process management or assessment can drive the evolution of the processes. Research issues related to IT drivers include business process-IT alignment, process mining and others.

Third, the need to comply with external standards and regulations may drive the creation of new business processes and the evolution of existing ones. Research issues related to compliance drivers include constrained process design, compliance assurance and verification, and others.
There may be other drivers that do not fall in any of these categories, and they are of interest to the workshop as well.

About the Workshop
The BPMDS series has produced 9 workshops from 1998 to 2008. Seven of these workshops, including the last six (BPMDS’03 – BPMDS’08) were held in conjunction with CAiSE conferences.
The topics addressed by the BPMDS workshops are focused on IT support for business processes. This is one of the keystones of Information Systems theory. We strongly believe that any major conference in the area of Information Systems needs to address such topics independently of the current fashion. The continued interest in these topics on behalf of the IS community is reflected by the success of the last BPMDS workshops and the recent emergence of new conferences devoted to the theme.
The goals, format, and history of BPMDS can be found on the BPMDS Workshop Series website

Topics for Discussion
The discussion will address the following main questions:

* What are the drivers or factors that initiate/demand change in business processes
* How to cope with/introduce changes required by different drivers
* How to discover that it is time for a change
* How to discover that change has already happened (uncontrollable changes), and there is a need to explicitly change process definitions/operational instructions.

Specific issues related to these main questions include but are not limited to:

* Specific drivers and how they affect the business processes
* Assessing the extent to which business process initiatives achieve their goals
* Methodologies for business process design to follow specific drivers
* Methodologies for goal-oriented process design and evolution
* Compliance-oriented business process design and evolution
* Business-IT alignment through business processes
* Shareholder, stakeholder, customer and market requirements on business processes
* Assessing the impacts of IT market power, IT market evolution, IT standards on

* business processes
* business strategy
* IT strategy

* Assessing the impacts of IT Governance on business processes and IT processes
* The role of process mining in business process evolution


Prospective workshop participants are invited to submit a paper related to one or more of the main topics. The paper selection will be based upon the relevance of a paper to the main topics, as well as upon its quality and potential to generate relevant discussion. Three kinds of submissions are possible. (1) Full papers of up to 13 pages in LNCS format (please follow the LNCS instructions). (2) Short position papers of up to 6 pages, devoted to research in progress or to visionary ideas. (3) Industrial experience papers of up to 6 pages (see guidelines). The papers should be emailed to Selmin Nurcan, indicating the kind of paper submitted.
Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings (joint with EMMSAD), to be published by Springer LNBIP.

After the workshop, the workshop material together with a selection of the best papers will be considered for publishing in a special issue of an international journal (previous special issues were for instance, BPMDS'07 in IJBPIM (under edition), BPMDS'06 in IJBPIM, vol. 3, issue 1, 2008, BPMDS'05 in SPIP, vol. 12, issue 1, 2007)

Important Dates

Submission dedline: February 18th 2009

Notification of acceptance: March 13th 2009

Camera-ready papers due: March 20th 2009

Selmin Nurcan is an associate professor at the Business School of the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a researcher at the ‘Centre de Recherche en Informatique’ (CRI). She has a Ph.D and an engineer degree in Computer Science. Her research activities include enterprise computing, business process management, change modelling, business/IS alignment, process (re)engineering and IS engineering. She has actively participated to research projects in collaboration with the industry.

Rainer Schmidt is a professor for business information systems at the Aalen University for Applied Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, in which he developed concepts for the support of business processes by component-oriented software systems. Rainer has industrial experience as management consultant and researcher. His current research areas are processes in the service management area and their support.

Pnina Soffer is a lecturer in the MIS department in the University of Haifa in Israel. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, in which she developed a requirement-driven approach to the alignment of enterprise processes and an ERP system. Pnina has industrial experience as a production engineer and as an ERP consultant. Her current research areas are process modeling and requirements engineering.

Roland Ukor is a PhD candidate in the Information Management Group of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. His research is in the area of Service Selection in Business Processes.
Industrial Advisory Board:

Ilia Bider, PhD - Director R&D of IbisSoft, a consulting business based company in Stockholm Sweden. The company specializes in the borderland between Management and IT, the main focus being on organization of operative work in non-manufacturing business processes. Ilia is also the Industry Editor of the Business Process Management Journal.

Ian Alexander, Scenario Plus, London, specialises in Requirements Engineering consultancy and training. His books include 'Writing Better Requirements' and 'Scenarios, Stories, Use Cases'. He has published many papers, and edits Requirenautics Quarterly, the newsletter of the BCS RESG.

Lars Taxén, PhD – Associate professor at Linköping University, has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, where he has held several positions related to processes and information systems. His thesis concerns the coordination of large, globally distributed development projects with focus on ‘soft’ issues like sense-making. He has published in various conference proceedings, journals and book chapters and is now active as a researcher and consultant.

Gil Regev, PhD - Is a Senior Researcher at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Knowledge Manager at Itecor, an international consulting company. Gil has 9 years of industrial experience in the software industry and 11 years in academia. His research interests are in the areas of Requirements Engineering, Enterprise Architecture and Knowledge Management.
Workshop Program Committee

Wil van der Aalst – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Sebastian Adam – Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Antonia Albani – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Ian Alexander – Scenario Plus, UK

Ilia Bider– IbisSoft, Stockholm, Sweden

Stewart Green - University of the West of England, UK

Paul Johannesson - Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Marite Kirikova - Riga Technical University, Latvia

Peri Loucopoulos - Loughborough University, UK

Renata Mendes de Araujo, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Jan Mendling – Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Murali Mohan Narasipuram, City University of Hong Kong

Selmin Nurcan - University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France

Louis-Francois Pau – Erasmus University, Netherlands

Jan Recker - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Gil Regev – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne (EPFL), Itecor, Switzerland

Manfred Reichert – University of Ulm, Germany

Michael Rosemann - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Rainer Schmidt - University of Applied Sciences, Aalen, Germany

Pnina Soffer – University of Haifa, Israel

Markus Strohmaier – University of Toronto, Canada

Lars Taxén - Linköping University, Sweden

Roland Ukor – School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK

Barbara Weber – University of Insbruk, Austria

Jelena Zdravkovic - Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

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