CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network

Call for papers


Modern enterprises face a strong economical pressure to increase competitiveness, to operate on a global market, and to engage in alliances of several kinds. But the vast majority of strategic initiatives in enterprises fail, meaning that enterprises are unable to gain success from their strategy. Abundant research indicates that the key reason for strategic 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. These challenges are dominantly addressed from a functional or managerial perspective, as advocated by management and organization science. Such knowledge is necessary and sufficient for managing an enterprise, but it is inadequate for bringing about changes. To do that, one needs to take a constructional or engineering perspective. Both organizations and software systems are complex and 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. Regarding (automated) information systems, this has been demonstrated; regarding organizations, it is still a conjecture. Entropy can be reduced and managed effectively through modular design based on atomic elements. The people in an enterprise are collectively responsible for the operation (including management) of the enterprise. In addition, they are collectively responsible for the evolution of the enterprise (adapting to needs for change). These responsibilities can only be borne if one has appropriate knowledge of the enterprise.

Focus and Goal

The Enterprise Engineering Working Conference is the first working conference in the emerging field of Enterprise Engineering with the goal to gather academics and practitioners in order to share innovative research issues and practical experiences, and to facilitate profound discussions about challenges mentioned above. Addressing these challenges requires a paradigm shift. It is the mission of the discipline of Enterprise Engineering to develop new, appropriate theories, models, methods and other artifacts for the analysis, design, implementation, and governance of enterprises by combining (relevant parts of) management and organization science, information systems science, and computer science. The ambition is to address (all) traditional topics in said disciplines from the Enterprise Engineering Paradigm. The result of the efforts should be theoretically rigorous and practically relevant.

Topics of interest to this working conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Enterprise Ontology
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Governance
  • Modeling (cross-enterprise) business processes
  • Reference models for (cross-enterprise) business processes
  • Domain reference ontologies
  • Business rules
  • Information systems development
  • Information system ontologies
  • Information system architectures
  • Component-based system development
  • Ontology-based web services
  • Interoperability testing and verification
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Enterprise modeling and simulation
  • Organizational modeling and simulation
  • Business process modeling and simulation
  • Collaborative, Participative, and Interactive Modeling


The Enterprise Engineering Working Conference arises out of a series of successful workshops (CIAO!’10, CIAO!’09, CIAO!’08, MIOS-CIAO’06, MIOS-INTEROP’05, MIOS’04) held at the DESRIST, CAiSE and OTM Federated conferences so far.

We are looking for articles on current or recently finished research projects as well as articles from practitioners. Based on our inspiring experience of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 workshops, the Enterprise Engineering Working Conference is planned to be a real working conference, providing ample time for profound discussions during two days. 

The focus of discussion will be on the emerging discipline of enterprise engineering, in particular according to the Enterprise Engineering Manifesto. 


The EEWC proceedings will be published in the Springer LNBIP series “Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing”.

The authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of the paper for possible publication at the International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design

Submission Conditions

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNBIP format and should not exceed 15 pages, including all text, figures, references and appendices. Submissions not conforming to the LNBIP format or exceeding 15 pages will be rejected without review. Information about the Springer LNBIP format can be found at  Springer LNBIP web page. Three to five keywords characterizing the paper should be indicated at the end of the abstract.

Important Dates

Abstract submission  January 14, 2011 
Paper submission  January 28, 2011 (extended deadline) 
Acceptance notification  February 18, 2011 
Camera ready  March 4, 2011 
EEWC  May 16-17, 2011 


General Chair

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

Organization Chairs

Herwig Mannaert, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Program Chair

Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Program Co-Chairs

Eduard Babkin, Higher School of Economics Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Junichi Iijima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

José Tribolet, INESC and  Lisbon University of Technology, Portugal 

Program Committee

David Aveiro  University of Madeira, Portugal 
Eduard Babkin  Higher School of Economics Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 
Bernhard Bauer  University of Augsburg, Germany 
Joseph Barjis  Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
Emmanuel delaHostria  Rockwell Automation, USA 
Eric Dubois   Public Research Centre – Henri Tudor, Luxembourg 
Johann Eder   University of Klagenfurt, Austria 
Joaquim Filipe   School of Technology of Setúbal, Portugal 
Rony G. Flatscher   Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria 
Ulrich Frank   University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 
Remigijus Gustas   Karlstad University, Sweden 
Birgit Hofreiter   University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein 
Jan Hoogervorst   Sogeti Netherlands, The Netherlands 
Stijn Hoppenbrouwers  Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands 
Christian Huemer   Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
Junichi Iijima   Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 
Peter Loos   University of Saarland, Germany 
Florian Matthes   Technical University Munich, Germany 
Aldo de Moor  CommunitySense, The Netherlands 
Graham McLeod   University of Cape Town, South Africa 
Hans Mulder  University of Antwerp, Belgium 
Martin Op ‘t Land  Capgemini, The Netherlands 
Pontus Johnson   KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 
Erik Proper   Public Research Centre – Henri Tudor, Luxembourg 
Gil Regev   École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Itecor, Switzerland 
Pnina Soffer   MIS department, Haifa University, Israel 
José Tribolet   INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal 
Jan Verelst  University of Antwerp, Belgium 
Robert Winter  University of St. Gallen, Switzerland 
Marielba Zacarias   University of Algarve, Portugal