4th International Workshop on Business Process Design

Milan, Italy, 1 September 2008

To be held in conjunction with
the 6th International Conference on Business Process Management (http://bpm08.polimi.it/)

Workshop Background and Goals

Conscious (re)design of business processes is a powerful means for the pro-active improvement of process performance as well as for the more re-active achievement of higher process conformance. Despite its popularity and obvious pay-offs, process design is still more art than science. Many handbooks on the subject remain vague about how to actually derive superior process designs. The practice of business process design tends to rely on the creativity of business professionals to come up with new process lay-outs, but the outcomes of such efforts are hard to predict. Scientific approaches so far have focused often on only small, well-understood business domains. Overall, much more attention is devoted to process modeling techniques and standards. In a way, this is similar to agreeing on the language, without knowing what to say.

The aim of this workshop is to continue the ongoing and successful discussions of the last three BPD workshops to further nurture a body of knowledge on the disciplined, well-understood and appropriately evaluated design of business processes.

We have witnessed in the previous BPD workshops that besides research on BPD methodologies, there is a trend and a focus on addressing constraints in process design, user involvement, process reference models and process design quality.  Papers that introduce innovative tools for process design as well as soft issues (human aspects) and quantitative aspects (e.g. financial evaluation of proposed process improvements) will be particularly welcome.

We aim to bring together researchers and practitioners who have an interest in advancing the state of the art in process design (as in contrast to mere process modeling). We seek contributions by authors who wish to share their innovative ideas and remarkable observations on the subject. Two main categories of submissions/presentations will be considered: a) regular papers and b) industry papers. All submissions have to follow the procedure explained below under the heading “Paper Submission”.


Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

- Process design methods and methodologies
- Process design tools
- Process reference models
- Process innovation
- Constraints in process design (e.g. legislative requirements, compliance)
- Process design governance
- Human aspects in process design
- Use and development of industry blueprints/reference models
- Issues related to process design in large projects
- Linking process design to the design of strategies
- Process design quality
- User involvement, collaboration, coordination
- Maintenance of process designs
- Success factors in process design
- Case studies and experiments

Format of the Workshop

The workshop will consist of presentations of the accepted papers and additional key-notes speakers. Papers should be submitted in advance and will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings published by Springer-Verlag as a post-proceeding volume in their Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.
At least one author for each accepted paper should register for the workshop and plan to present the paper.

Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for presentation in any of the areas listed above. Only papers in English will be accepted, and the length of the paper should not exceed 12 pages. Papers should be formatted in the new LNBIP format (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-487211-0 for details). The title page must contain a short abstract, a classification of the topics covered, preferably using the list of topics above. Papers should be submitted electronically via the BPM 2008 web site. Please upload a self-contained PDF file. All submissions must be received no later than May 23rd, 2008.

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 23 May 2008
  • Notification of acceptance: 27 June 2008
  • Camera ready: 6 July 2008 (strict deadline)
  • Papers sent to the Workshop Chairs for inclusion on a CD distributed at the conference and/or a WWW site: 10 July 2008
  • Workshop day: 1 September 2008
  • Post-proceedings version of the paper (reviewed on the basis of the discussion) by authors to workshop organizers: 23 September 2008
  • Delivery to authors and workshop organizers: Christmas 2008


Hajo A. Reijers (h.a.reijers@tue.nl)
Department of Technology Management
Eindhoven University of Technology
5600 MB, Pav.D14, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Selma Limam Mansar (selmal@andrew.cmu.edu)
Carnegie Mellon University
Qatar Campus,
PO BOX 24866, Doha, Qatar

Michael Rosemann (m.rosemann@qut.edu.au)
Business Process Management Research Group
Queensland University of Technology
Level 5 / 126 Margaret Street, Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia

Workshop Program Committee (tentative)

Wil van der Aalst (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Saïd Assar (Télécom & Management Sud Paris, France)
Hyerim Bae (Pusan National University, South-Korea)
Jorge Cardoso (SAP Research, Germany)
Lynn Carter (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)
Peter Green (University of Queensland, Australia)
Lilia Gzara (Université Henri Poincaré, France)
Kees van Hee (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Stefan Jablonski (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Monique Jansen-Vullers (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Peter Kueng (Credit Suisse, Switzerland)
Jan Mendling (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Michael zur Muehlen (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
Trevor Naidoo (Oracle, USA)
Stephan Poelmans (VLEKHO Business School, Belgium)
Manfred Reichert (University of Ulm, Germany)
Stefanie Rinderle (University of Ulm, Germany)
Mike Soanes (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Roger Tregear (Leonardo Consulting, Australia)
Irene Vanderfeesten (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

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