BPM 2018
   Sydney, Australia. September 9-14, 2018


New Track Structure, BPM 2018

To accommodate for this diversity, the BPM conference introduces a new structure. This structure is based on three tracks that cover not only different phenomena of interest and research methods but, consequently, also different evaluation criteria. To implement this structure, each track has a dedicated track chair and a dedicated program committee. The track chairs, together with a consolidation chair, are responsible for the scientific program. Through this new structure we aim to broaden the BPM community and position the BPM conference as a forum for all aspects of the broad business process management discipline.


Track I: Foundations

Track I invites papers that follow computer science research methods. This includes papers that investigate the underlying principles of BPM systems, computational theories, algorithms, and methods for modeling and analyzing business processes. This track also covers papers on novel languages, architectures, and other concepts underlying process aware information systems, as well as papers that use conceptual modeling techniques to investigate problems in the design and analysis of BPM systems. Papers in Track I are evaluated according to computer science standards, including sound formalization, convincing argumentation, and, where applicable, proof of concept implementation, which shows that the concepts can be implemented as described. Since papers typically do not have an immediate application in concrete business environments, empirical evaluation does not play a major role in Track I.

You should send your paper to Track I if:
  • It provides foundational results about the underlying principles and concepts of BPM systems.
  • It advances the state of the art in BPM through the investigation of formal methods and algorithms.
  • It contributes to the definition of novel concepts, languages, and architectures for BPM systems.
  • It tackles conceptual modelling issues of BPM systems and their environment.
  • It investigates novel concepts of BPM systems through the development of proof-of-concept implementations.

Track II: Engineering

Track II invites papers that follow information systems engineering methods. The focus is on the investigation of artifacts and systems in business environments, following the design science approach. Papers in this track are expected to have a strong empirical evaluation that critically tests criteria like usefulness or added value of the proposed artifact. This track covers business process intelligence, including process mining techniques, and the use of process models for enactment, model-driven engineering, as well as interaction with services and deployment architectures like the Cloud. It also covers BPM systems in particular domains, such as digital health, smart mobility, or Internet of Things. Empirical evaluations are important to show the merits of the artifact introduced. A self-critical discussion of threats to validity is expected. Formalization of problems and solutions should be used where they add clarity or are beneficial in other ways.

You should send your paper to Track II if:
  • It has a significant technical contribution.
  • Its results are empirically evaluated.
  • It reports on a system that you designed, with a maturity of at least a prototype. i.e., it can be evaluated in an application context.
  • It follows the design science approach.

Track III: Management

Track III invites papers that aim at advancing our understanding of how BPM can deliver business value, for instance how it builds organizational capabilities to improve, innovate or transform the respective business. Papers that study the application and impact of BPM methods and tools in use contexts based on empirical observation are highly welcome.

Areas of interest include a wide range of capability areas that are relevant for BPM, such as strategic alignment, governance, methods, information technology, and human aspects including people and culture. We seek contributions that advance our understanding on how organizations can develop such capabilities in order to achieve specific objectives in given organizational contexts. Papers may use various strategies of inquiry, including case study research, action research, focus group research, big data analytics research, neuroscience research, econometric research, literature review research, survey research or design science research. Papers will be evaluated according to management and information systems standards.

Authors of selected papers in this track will be invited to submit revised and extended versions of their work for a special issue in the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) on “Business Process Management and Digital Innovation”.

You should send your paper to Track III if:
  • It makes a contribution to an organizational challenge.
  • It builds on and draws from real-world organizational endeavors in BPM.
  • It extends the BPM body of knowledge to better contribute to strategy delivery.
  • It advances our understanding and methodology of BPM to support digital innovation.
  • It contributes to solving grand societal challenges through BPM.

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