Jan 172015

BPM Use Cases

Structuring the Business Process Management discipline

*Special issue BISE (Business & Information Systems Engineering) journal*


*Deadline: March 1st 2015*

Business Process Management (BPM) efforts resulted in a plethora of
approaches, methods and tools to support the design, analysis, improvement,
enactment and management of operational business processes. The BPM
discipline combines knowledge from information technology and management
sciences and applies this to operational business processes. The ultimate
goal of BPM is to embed the ?process thinking? mindset within
organizations, i.e. to conceive the organization as a set of interrelated,
end-to-end business processes, which need to be managed holistically, and
continuously improved, in order to ameliorate organizational performance.

Interestingly, the scope of BPM extends far beyond that of traditional
methods such as workflow automation and six sigma, which seek to identify
process-related problems and address them incrementally. BPM is also about
transformational process change, aiming to achieve breakthrough innovation
within organizations. The importance of process modeling, model-based
analysis (e.g., simulation and verification), improvement, analytics (e.g.,
data & process mining, process discovery, conformance checking, and
predictive analytics), as well as lateral thinking methods (e.g. design
thinking) for BPM is evident.

As the BPM discipline is maturing, there is a need to provide more
structure and show “how, where, and when” BPM can be used. As a reference,
in ?Business Process Management: A Comprehensive Survey? (ISRN Software
Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 507984, 37 pages, 2013,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/507984), an initial set of 20 BPM Use Cases
was presented. These Use Cases aimed to structure the domain and were used
to analyze trends in papers presented at the BPM conference series.
Although the 20 BPM Use Cases triggered insightful discussions, they are
just a starting point for systematically identifying, clarifying, and
organizing BPM requirements. Moreover, many alternative approaches to
rigorously structure the BPM discipline can be envisioned.

This special issue of the BISE (Business & Information Systems Engineering)
journal aims to attract original contributions that can be seen as
complementary or that provide alternative or more specific sets of BPM Use
Cases. Authors should not feel restricted by the initial set of 20 BPM Use
Cases. Rather, it is important that the contributions are innovative and
rigorous. For example, we welcome empirical studies analyzing BPM
approaches, literature or tools in a systematic way.

We seek contributions to the following areas:

· BPM use cases (alternative collections, empirical evaluations of
use cases)

· Use cases for specific BPM areas (enactment, mining, improvement,

· BPM ontologies

· Multi-perspective BPM meta models

· Alternative BPM lifecycle models

In fact, this special issue is open to any approach, method or tool showing
“how, where, and when” BPM can be used. However, any contribution should
provide a *new angle* on process management related to the BPM use cases
and may be related to topics such as:

· BPM modeling languages (declarative and procedural)

· BPM enactment infrastructures (cloud, service-oriented, etc.)

· Process model analysis and improvement (simulation, verification,

· Data-driven analysis (process mining, compliance, business
process intelligence, etc.)

· Process flexibility and case management

· Process reuse and repositories

· BPM in the large

· Social and managerial aspects of BPM

Submissions should be innovative. Survey papers providing an overview of
BPM using established notions such as the basic BPM life-cycle model are
*not* within the scope. Originality and rigor are key!

*Submission Guidelines*

Please submit papers for the sections BISE ? Research Paper and BISE ? BPM
Use Cases via the journal?s online submission system (
http://www.editorialmanager.com/buis/). Please observe the instructions
regarding the format and size of contributions to Business & Information
Systems Engineering BISE/WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK. Submissions are accepted in
English only. Papers should not exceed 50,000 characters including spaces,
minus 5,000 characters per page for illustrations. Detailed authors?
guidelines can be downloaded from http://www.bise-journal.org/.

All papers will be reviewed anonymously (double-blind process) by several
referees with regard to relevance, originality, and research quality. In
addition to the editors of the journal, including those of this special
focus, distinguished national and international professionals with
scientific and practical backgrounds will be involved in the review process.


· Paper submission deadline: 1-3-2015

· Author notification: 26-4-2015

· Revision due: 28-6-2015

· Completion of a second revision (if needed): 20-9-2015

· Editorial deadline: 15-10-2015

· Planned publication: February 2016


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