BPM 2015 – Call for Research Papers

13th International Conference on Business Process Management, 31 August – 3 September 2015, Innsbruck, Austria

The annual BPM conference is the leading forum for researchers, practitioners, developers and users in the field of Business Process Management (BPM) to explore and exchange knowledge on BPM. The conference covers all aspects of BPM research and practice, including theory, applications, management and technology of BPM, and engages the most renowned representatives of the BPM community worldwide in talks, tutorials, and scientific discussions.

BPM as a research field and as an industry practice has significantly matured and increased its span, but is also facing new and unprecedented challenges such as a need to foster true innovation rather than improvement, to make use of big data opportunities and to account for processes that are increasingly adaptive, flexible and generative rather than structured, formalized and stable.

These new topics add to existing areas of interest and relevance to BPM research and industry. They also attest to an increasingly interdisciplinary nature of BPM research, which puts the conference in close connection to disciplines such as Information Systems, Management and Organizational Science, Data and Knowledge Management, Theory of Processes, Operations Management, Service-Oriented Computing, Social Computing, Cloud Computing, Big Data, and many more.

BPM 2015 will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, in the midst of Tyrol’s breathtaking scenery and stunning mountains. A university town, with a strong record of academic excellence and a vibrant student scene, Innsbruck combines tradition and splendour with modern facilities and attractions. We hope you will join us in this international conference and Olympic city to help shape the BPM methods and technologies of the future. BPM 2015 will feature an industry track, a varied set of BPM-related workshops and co-located events. For the first time, BPM 2015 will also look to host tutorials dedicated to research methods relevant to BPM.


In line with the emergent opportunities and challenges, BPM 2015 explicitly encourages papers that report on research in emerging BPM areas and novel applications of BPM concepts, as well as interdisciplinary BPM research that connects to Operations Research, Management Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Sensor Technologies and others. To foster such submissions, BPM 2015 will include two new thematic areas, “BPM in a broader context” and “Emerging areas of BPM”. As in previous editions, the BPM conference continues to welcome research papers on traditional BPM topics such as modelling, analysis, improvement, and execution.

Besides regular research papers, authors may submit industry papers, clearly marked as such. All authors of an industry paper submission must be from industry or industrial research labs (none of authors can be from an academic institute or a university). An industry paper reports on work within the broad topics of interests to BPM conference but is focused on practice, typically studying requirements imposed by current practice, reporting new problems, or experience on the deployment of methods, solutions, tools or systems in practice. Similar to research papers, industry submissions will be reviewed by multiple PC members including representatives from industry and industrial research labs, and are required to meet the same high quality standards for novelty, technical quality, clarity of the contribution and presentation, and relevance to the topics of interest in BPM community.

Thematic areas in which contributions are sought include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Submissions may fit more than one category, however, corresponding authors will be asked to nominate one primary category for submission. As previously, each major topic is championed by senior PC members, who will promote the topic and lead the review processes taking into consideration specific characteristics of the particular thematic area.

  • BPM in a broader context: the intersection of BPM and other disciplines
    Topic champions: Avigdor Gal, Roel Wieringa, Mathias Weske

    • Decision management and BPM
    • Event handling and BPM
    • BPM and enterprise architecture
    • BPM and auditing
    • Automated planning in BPM
    • Sensor technologies and BPM
    • Scientific workflows and BPM
    • Software process management
    • Security and Risk Management in business process execution
    • Operations research for business processes
    • BPM in healthcare and the medical context
  • Emerging areas of BPM
    Topic champions: Florian Daniel, Akhil Kumar, Farouk Toumani

    • BPM in and for the Cloud
    • BPM with and for the Crowd
    • Social BPM
    • User-centric aspects of BPM
    • Human-centric processes and knowledge-intensive processes
    • Processes in the Internet of Things and Wearable Devices
    • Mobile processes
    • Collective adaptive processes
  • Management and applications of BPM
    Topic champions: Jan vom Brocke, Hajo Reijers, Michael Rosemann

    • Business process lifecycle management
    • Relationship between business strategy and business processes
    • Business process transformation and change management
    • Success factors and measures in BPM
    • BPM governance and compliance management
    • BPM maturity
    • Adoption and Practice of BPM
    • Customer process management
    • Design-led process innovation
  • Process execution and data management
    Topic champions: Boudewijn van Dongen, Marlon Dumas, Michael zur Muehlen, Stefanie Rinderle-Ma

    • Process-oriented and service-oriented software architectures
    • Business process management systems
    • Resource management in business process execution
    • Managing process execution data
    • Process monitoring and performance measurement
    • Adaptive and context-aware process execution
    • Process mining
    • Analytics and visualization of big process data
    • Process data warehousing
    • (Adaptive) Case management
    • Data and event streams in business processes
    • Data integration and data quality in business processes
  • Fundamentals and theory of processes
    Topic champions: Jörg Desel, Marcello La Rosa, Pnina Soffer, Jianwen Su

    • Foundations of business processes and process models
    • Process description and analysis methods and formalisms
    • Algorithms for the analysis of processes
    • Reference process models
    • Foundation of process design and synthesis
    • Artefact-centric processes
    • Process architectures
    • Variability and configuration of processes
    • Managing process collections and repositories

Submission Instructions

Papers should be formatted according to Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines (for instructions and style sheets see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Submissions must be in English and not exceed 16 pages of length. The title page must contain a short abstract clarifying the relation of the paper with the topics above. The paper must clearly state the problem being addressed, the goal of the work, the results achieved, and the relation to other work.
Student papers must be clearly marked as such. Concerning length and formatting, student papers must follow the same guidelines as research papers.

Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format via the BPM 2015 EasyChair submission site:


Submissions must be original contributions that have not been published previously, nor already submitted to other conferences or journals in parallel with this conference. Empirical papers should where possible build on novel datasets previously unpublished. Research on existing datasets must clearly explain the novelty of the applied analysis.

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. For each accepted paper, at least one author must register for the conference and present the paper. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit a paper for a special issue of Information Systems (Elsevier).

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission: 08.03.2015
  • Full papers submission: 15.03.2015
  • Notifications: 15.05.2015
  • Camera ready papers: 15.06.2015

Conference Committee

General Chair

Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck

Program Chairs

Hamid Motahari, IBM Research – San Jose
Jan Recker, Queensland University of Technology
Matthias Weidlich, Imperial College London

Industry Chairs

Jan Mendling, WU Vienna
Jan vom Brocke, University of Liechtenstein

Workshop Chairs

Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm
Hajo Reijers, TU Eindhoven

Demo Chairs

Florian Daniel, University of Trento
Stefan Zugal, University of Innsbruck

Tutorial and Panel Chairs

Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa
Jakob Pinggera, University of Innsbruck

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Mathias Weske, University of Potsdam
Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, University of Vienna

Local Organization Chair

Ilona Zaremba, University of Innsbruck
Cornelia Haisjackl, University of Innsbruck

Web and Social Media Chairs

Cornelia Haisjackl, University of Innsbruck
Jakob Pinggera, University of Innsbruck
Stefan Zugal, University of Innsbruck

Publicity Chairs

Henrik Leopold, WU Vienna (Europe)
Michael zur Muehlen, Stevens Institute of Technology (North America)
Lucinea Thom, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (South America)
Lijie Wen, Tshingua University (Asia)
Amin Beheshti, University of New South Wales (Australia)

Further Information


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