Call for participation: 7th Enterprise Engineering Working Conference - Antwerp - Belgium (EEWC 2017)

Dear colleague,

You are hereby cordially invited to participate in the 7th Enterprise
Engineering Working Conference (EEWC 2017) happening from May 8th to 12th
in Antwerp, Belgium, having as goal to gather academics and practitioners
in order to share innovative research issues and practical experiences,
mixing rigour and relevance, and to facilitate profound discussions on the
issues put forward in the respective Call for Papers

We will have a very interesting program during the conference week. We
start with the 17th CIAO! Doctoral Consortium on Monday May 8th. The titles
and abstracts of the very interesting PhD thesis to be presented/discussed,
as well as the list of accepted papers in the main conference are available
. Topics covered include: Formalisms, Standards and Laws, Business
Processes, Normalized Systems and Evolvability, Ontologies and Organisation

The main conference days are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with paper
sessions interleaved with case reports and poster sessions. On Tuesday we
will have a Keynote presentation by Davor Meersman, General Manager of the
Open and Agile Smart Cities network: "Enabling Interoperation in the
Emerging Global Smart Cities Data and Services Market". On Wednesday we
will have another keynote by Jan Hoogervorst, Professor at Antwerp
Management School:
"The imperative for the employee-centric theory of organization and its
significance for enterprise engineering". See abstracts and bios of the
speakers here

The conference papers and presentations will provide current valuable
insights from both theory and practice. We reserve ample time for each
paper's presentation and productive discussion and we will have panel
discussions every day to develop and deepen our scientific insights.
Additionally, we will have nice social events in evenings :-)

Friday is reserved for more intense research presentations/discussions from
members of our CIAO! research community, but also open to general
conference participants.

So don't miss this conference benefiting from real working and productive
sessions and focusing on the increasingly relevant discipline of enterprise

You can register for the conference here
<>. To guarantee a
place in the social activities/dinners you should register
on or before April 26th. Registrations will still be accepted after this

Please forward this message to your colleagues that might be interested in

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

David Aveiro, Program co-Chair, on behalf of the EEWC 2017 Organization:

*Advisory Board*

Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Jan L.G. Dietz, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

*Conference co-Chairs*

Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Henderik A. Proper, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology,

*Program co-Chairs*

David Aveiro, University of Madeira, Portugal

Robert Pergl, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

*Session Chairs*

Foundational Ontologies:

Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Organisational Design:

Rodrigo Magalhães, Kuwait Maastricht Business School, Kuwait

Hans Lekkerkerk, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

*Doctoral consortium co-Chairs*

Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

**From the Call for Papers:**

**Motivation for enterprise engineering**

Modern enterprises face a strong pressure to increase agility and
competitiveness, to operate on the global market, and to engage in manifold
alliances. However, many strategic initiatives in enterprises fail, meaning
that enterprises are unable to gain success from their strategy. One of the
identified reasons for such failures is the lack of coherence and
consistency among the various components of an enterprise. At the same
time, the need to operate as a unified and integrated whole is becoming
increasingly important. Currently, these challenges are dominantly
addressed from a functional or managerial perspective, as advocated by the
management and organisational sciences, and as implemented by traditional
programs in business schools. Such knowledge is indeed necessary for
managing an enterprise, but it is insufficient for bringing about changes
in a fully systematic and integrated way. To do that, one needs to take a
constructional or engineering perspective.

In addition, both organisations and software applications are complex
systems, prone to entropy. This means that in the course of time, the costs
of bringing about similar changes increase in a way that is known as
combinatorial explosion. Entropy can be reduced and managed effectively
through modular design based on atomic elements.

Lastly, the individual persons in an enterprise, in cooperation, are
ultimately responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the
enterprise. They are also collectively responsible for the evolution of the
enterprise, in order to meet new challenges. We believe these
responsibilities can be born in a much more effective way if members have
an appropriate knowledge and an effective awareness of the enterprise given
by a sound engineering approach put forward by a full-fledged scientific

**The mission of enterprise engineering**

The CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network
is a community of academics and practitioners who strive to contribute to
the development of the discipline of Enterprise Engineering (EE), and to
apply it in practice. The long term aim is to develop a holistic and
general systems theory based understanding on how to (re)design and run
enterprises effectively.

The ambition is therefore to gather and develop a consistent and coherent
set of theories, models and associated methods that: enable enterprises to
reflect, in a systematic way, on how to realise improvements; and assist
them, in practice, in achieving their aspirations. 

In doing so, sound empirical and scientific foundations should underlie all
efforts and all organisational aspects that are relevant should be
considered, while combining already existing knowledge from the scientific
fields of information systems, software engineering, management science,
organisational sciences, as well as philosophy, semiotics and sociology,
amongst others.

To this end, the network regularly organises events
 such as the Enterprise Engineering Working Conference and associated
Doctoral Consortium to drive the promotion and development of the
enterprise engineering body of knowledge.

**A history of rigour, relevance and an open perspective**

The Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC) series emerged out of
the CIAO! workshop and doctoral consortium held from 2008 until 2010, after
which they transitioned into the Enterprise Engineering Working Conference

The EEWC regularly featured an industrial track. To institutionalise the
interaction between the practice of enterprise engineering, and enterprise
transformation in general, it was decided that as of 2017 the TEE series
on Transformation and Engineering of Enterprises will be fully merged into
the EEWC series.

The TEE series of events (including PRET, WEETM, LABEM, and AppEER)
provides a practice-driven perspective on enterprise engineering, featuring
papers that take real-world cases of enterprise transformations as a
starting point.

Merging TEE into the EEWC series aims to enable a tight integration of
rigour and relevance.

The origin of the scientific foundations of our present body of knowledge
is the CIAO! Paradigm (Communication, Information, Action, Organisation) as
expressed in our Enterprise Engineering Manifesto
and the paper: The Discipline of Enterprise Engineering
. In this paradigm, organisation is considered to emerge in human
communication, through the intermediate roles of information and action.
Based on the CIAO! Paradigm, several theories have been developed, and
still are being proposed. They are published as technical reports

Considering theories or sets of theories as lenses to see and understand
reality we can say that two main lenses have emerged out of the CIAO!
network efforts: the Enterprise Ontology theories and the Normalized
Systems theory, both with relevant results in practice.

Organisations and their enterprises, being socio-technical systems, are the
result of a social dialogue among the social individuals that make up the
organisation and the two currently identified lenses are, so we certainly
expect, not enough. More lenses are needed and the current ones are open to
extensions and/or improvements.

The CIAO! community has always taken the view that (1) rigour and
relevance, and (2) a shared understanding (based on a shared “meta
ontology”, such as the EE paradigm) is a crucial element in ensuring
effective discussions within the community. In adding/extending lenses, new
members are expected to underline these qualities as well. In
adding/extending lenses, it is expected that the “meta ontology” will
evolve/extend based on new, shared, insights.

**Special Sessions**

Having in mind the spirit put forward in the previous section, the EEWC
aims to expand its community and reach out to other communities to find
sinergies and cooperate in the development of the EE discipline. To this
end, from 2017 onwards the EEWC will include special sessions focused on
lenses and/or domains as to inspire and facilitate this cooperation effort.
Thus, in the EEWC 2017 we plan the following sessions:

 Enterprise Ontology
 Normalized Systems
 Foundational Ontologies
 Organisational Design
 Other EE topics

There is one single track in the conference and accepted submissions will
be assigned to one of the sessions above. A few paragraphs follow
describing the domains that we are giving special focus this year:
Foundational Ontologies and Organisational Design.

**Foundational Ontologies**

Foundational Ontology (FO) is a human endeavour to “cut nature at its
joints” (Plato), thus enabling deep understanding of the reality.
Formulating a FO means identifying the most general notions that can be
used to speak and reason about all the domains. This becomes substantial in
enterprise engineering, as the domains of interest of enterprises vary
vastly. Thus foundational ontologies are one of the corner-stone topics of

Unified Foundational Ontology (UFO) is a modern FO that builds on
philosophical roots of ontologies, cognitive science and mathematics to
provide a theoretically well-founded, complete and sound FO. It has been
successfully applied in various fields of enterprise engineering and
computer science and is of high interest of both researchers and
practitioners. The founder of UFO, Dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi together with
Dr. Joao Paulo Almeida organise a FO session at EEWC this year. Papers
addressing other FOs are welcome, as well.

**Organisational Design**

Organisation Design, as a field of human endeavour, has been with us for a
long time… Reading Exodus you can find Jethro, father in law of Moses,
consulting him on the organisation of the Jewish people. Over the years,
the field has gone through a variety of definitions and approaches, but it
has always stayed close to the concerns of technology in organisations,
firstly through the socio-technical systems movement and later through the
so-called “information processing” approach. Within this sub-area of
concern, organisational structure design, is an area of expertise dealing
with the division of labour and the resulting need for coordination, which
involves information processing. A statement many organisation designers
will agree with is ‘first organise, then automate' and the information
processing view holds it that the structure must make sure that it has the
necessary information processing capacity to make things work.

A Dutch approach named modern sociotechnology or integral organisational
renewal (IOR) was developed by Ulbo de Sitter (de Sitter, 1997) in the
Netherlands and is little known due to the fact that all his writings were
in Dutch. He advocated a design sequence in which the production structure
is designed, followed by a regulatory or control structure, to end with the
information structure'. Another area of concern, closer to strategic
management, emphasises a turn away from the disembodied notions of
contingency and structure and recognises that organisational design is
fundamentally about people and relationships (Gulati et al, 2012; Fjeldstad
et al, 2012). Organisational design is seen as an architecture of
collaboration based on actor-oriented architectural schemes, expressed not
as configurations of organisational structures but as sets of principles
which actors follow when engaging in organisational relationships.

Enterprise Engineering, as a relatively new field of expertise that grew
out of the IT-systems design and development world, shares many of these
concerns. Whether they are called “information processing”,
“organisational structure”, “interactivity modelling”,
“actor-to-actor orientation” or “enterprise effectiveness”, all
these concerns belong to both EE and OD. Hence, one of our aims in this
session of the EEWC is to challenge participants to put forward their views
on the following question “what are the limits or the areas of interface
between EE and OD?”

**Relevant topics**

Topics of interest to for the EEWC include, but are not limited to:

 Business Process Management
 Business Process Improvement
 Business Process Modelling and Simulation
 Business Rules
 Business Rules Management
 Collaborative, Participatory, and Interactive Modelling
 Domain Ontologies
 Domain Reference Ontologies
 Enterprise Architecture
 Enterprise Design and Implementation
 Enterprise Transformations
 Enterprise Governance
 Enterprise Modelling and Simulation
 Enterprise Ontology
 Foundational Ontologies
 Information System Architectures
 Information System Ontologies
 Information Systems Design
 Information Systems Development
 Interactivity Modelling
 Modelling (cross-enterprise) Business Processes
 Ontology Implementation
 Organisational Design
 Organisational Structure
 Reference Models
 Regulatory Compliance

**Publications and Conference format**

The EEWC proceedings will, as always, be published in the Springer LNBIP
(Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
) series. Selected papers will also be invited to a special issue in the
Organisational Design & Enterprise Engineering
(ODEE) journal from Springer.

We are looking for papers on current or recently finished research
initiatives/projects as well as papers from practitioners. Based on our
motivating experience of the previous working conferences, the seventh EEWC
is planned to be a real working conference, providing ample time for
profound discussions following the paper presentations. Therefore, normally
40 minutes slots are planned for each paper.

As a result of the merging of the TEE with the EEWC, we will also accept
case reports with a limit of 15 pages. Info on what we intend with case
reports is available here:

To foster community building and more sharing and discussion regarding
research in our domains, this year we will also introduce the innovation in
the EEWC of accepting some papers as short papers and also have a poster
session. Submissions accepted as short papers will be published in the
proceedings with a reduction of the original submission to 8 pages in the
camera ready version. Case reports will be officially be published on CEUR.


**Advisory Board**

Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Jan Dietz, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

**Conference Chairs**

Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Henderik A. Proper, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology,

**Program Chairs**

David Aveiro, University of Madeira and Madeira Interactive Technologies
Institute, Portugal

Robert Pergl, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

**Session Chairs**

**Foundation Ontologies**

Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

**Organizational Design**

Rodrigo Magalhes, Kuwait Maastricht Business School, Kuwait

Hans Lekkerkerk, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

**Organizing Chair**

Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium

**Program Committee**

Alberto Silva, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal

Carlos Mendes, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Christian Huemer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Duarte Gouveia, University of Madeira, Portugal

Eduard Babkin, Higher School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Fernanda Araujo Baiao, UNIRIO, Brazil

Florian Matthes, Technical University Munich, Germany

Frank Harmsen, Maastricht University and Ernst & Young Advisory, The

Frederik Gailly, Ghent University, Belgium

Geert Poels, Ghent University, Belgium

Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Gil Regev, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Graham McLeod, University of Cape Town and, South Africa

Hans Mulder, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Jan Dietz, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Jan Hoogervorst, Sogeti Netherlands, The Netherlands

Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Joop de Jong, Mprise, The Netherlands

Jose Tribolet, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal

Joseph Barjis, Institute of Engineering and Management, San Francisco, USA

Julio Nardi, Federal Institute of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Junichi Iijima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Linda Terlouw, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Luiz Olavo Bonino, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marcela Vegetti, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina

Martin Cloutier, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Martin Op 't Land, Capgemini, The Netherlands; University of Antwerp,

Mauricio Almeida, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Miguel Mira Da Silva, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal

Monika Kaczmarek, University Duisburg Essen, Germany

Nelson King Khalifa, University, United Arab Emirates

Niek Pluijmert, INQA Quality Consultants, The Netherlands

Peter Loos, University of Saarland, Germany

Petr Kremen, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Philip Huysmans, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Ricardo Falbo, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Robert Lagerström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Robert Pergl, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Rodrigo Magalhaes, Kuwait Maastricht Business School, Kuwait

Rony Flatscher, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

Sérgio Guerreiro, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal

Sanetake Nagayoshi, Shizuoka University, Japan

Steven van Kervel, Formetis, The Netherlands

Sybren de Kinderen, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Tatiana Poletaeva, Higher School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Ulrik Franke, Swedish Defense Research Agency, Sweden

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