Track Chairs

Hans-Georg Fill, Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Email:

Amy Van Looy, Assistant Professor, Ghent University, Belgium. Email:

Henrik Leopold, Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Email:

Jelena Zdravković, Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden. Email:


Track Description

Modelling and Managing the Digital Enterprise and its Business Processes

Digital enterprises today face numerous challenges, ranging from the level of strategic management, its business processes down to the level of cyber-physical systems. Thereby, the complexity and management tasks inherent in the alignment of business, process and IT aspects need to be adequately addressed. In this track we solicit innovative contributions targeting the aspects of modelling the digital enterprise as well as managing its business processes.

In terms of enterprise modelling (EM), it is sought after the conceptualization, implementation, and use of machine-processable languages to facilitate the interaction with complex business and technological scenarios, engage in knowledge management and support organizational engineering. In addition, the development of reference models for selected domains, the design of models for enterprise architecture management, and the development of modelling tools are investigated.

Since business processes are at the core of the social-technical transformation that has been fuelled by the digital economy, business process management (BPM) can be seen from an exploitative and an explorative perspective. 1) Process exploitation aims at more efficient processes, implemented via incremental changes that rely on tools, management approaches, and techniques within well-defined process boundaries. Such a view, however, neglects the exploration potential of BPM. 2) Exploration-oriented BPM operates under the paradigm of innovation and agility of processes, services, products and business models, applying techniques of creative, abductive thinking, design, and  communication.

Research questions to be answered in this track are the following, but are not limited to:

  • What are innovative enterprise modelling methods for supporting the digital enterprise?

  • How can enterprise modelling platforms & tools be designed and implemented for aligning business requirements and cyber-physical systems?

  • Which novel contributions exist for realizing semantic-based enterprise modelling and enterprise ontologies?

  • How can enterprise architecture modelling support the integration of cyber-physical systems in business environments?

  • What are applications of enterprise modelling in digital business transformation?

  • What are the requirements of process design in high-speed, entrepreneurial environments, and what methods are available?

  • How could be business process management adapted to cater for the requirements of transformational processes (e.g., innovation, business transformation)?

  • What methods guide robotic process automation, and what are innovative, validated approaches in the area of process mining and process analytics?

  • How can business process management enable organizational agility?

  • What enterprise-wide capabilities are needed to enable ambidextrous business process management, i.e. the co-existence of exploitative and explorative management?



Sandkuhl, Kurt, Fill, Hans-Georg, Hoppenbrouwers, Stijn, Krogstie, John, Leue, Andreas, Matthes, Florian, Opdahl, Andreas, Schwabe, Gerhard, Uludag, Omer, Winter, Robert (2018): From Expert Discipline to Common Practice: A Vision and Research Agenda for Extending the Reach of Enterprise Modelling, Business and Information Systems Engineering, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 69-80, Springer.

Jelena Zdravkovic, Janis Stirna, Marite Kirikova, Dimitris Karagiannis, Robert Winter: Advanced Enterprise Modelling. Business & Information Systems Engineering 57(1): 1-2 (2015).

vom Brocke, J., Schmiedel, T., Recker, J., Trkman, P., Mertens, W., Viaene, S.: Ten principles of good business process management. Business Process Management Journal, 20(4), 530-548 (2014).

Rosemann, M.: Proposals for future BPM research directions. In: Ouyang, C., Jung, J. (eds.) AP-BPM 2014. LNBIP, vol. 181, pp. 1–15. Springer, Cham (2014).


Types of Contributions

The proposed track aims to attract the full spectrum of submissions:

  • Completed research papers either on enterprise modelling or business process management. Both managerial and technology-oriented papers are welcome.

  • Stimulating research-in-progress papers that explore emerging areas of related research and that would benefit from a focused conversation at ECIS 2019.

  • Prototypes and technology demonstrations in enterprise modelling or business process management that provide proofs-of-concept as well as interesting insights into the latest and future developments of information systems in digital enterprises.


Publishing Opportunities in Leading Journals

The best papers from the track will be invited to submit an extended version to the Business and Information Systems Engineering (BISE) journal (ISI IF 2016: 3.392,, namely either in the Department for Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise IS or in the Department Business Process Management.

Further selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to the Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures – International Journal of Conceptual Modelling (EMISAJ) journal (


Track Associate Editors

1. Xavier Boucher, Professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St. Etienne, France

2. Robert Buchmann, Professor, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

3. Peter Fettke, Professor, Saarland University & DFKI, Germany

4. Dimitris Karagiannis, Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

5. Monika Malinova Mandelburger, Post-doctoral researcher, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

6. Oscar Pastor, Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

7. Geert Poels, Professor, Ghent University, Belgium

8. Hajo Reijers, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

9. Maximilian Roeglinger, Professor,  University of Bayreuth, Germany

10. Irina Rychkova, Associate Professor, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

11.. Kurt Sandkuhl, Professor, University of Rostock, Germany

12. Flavia Santoro, Professor, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

13. Theresa Schmiedel, Assistant Professor, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

14.  Monique Snoeck, Professor, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

15. Peter Trkman, Associate professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia