CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network

1st Workshop on Enterprise Engineering Theories and Methods (WEETM 2014)

Call for Papers

1st Workshop on Enterprise Engineering Theories and Methods (WEETM 2014)

In conjunction with the 16th IEEE Conference on Business Informatics (CBI 2014)July, Geneva, Switzerland


Modern enterprises face a strong pressure to increase agility and competitiveness, to operate on the global market, and to engage in manifold alliances. However, the vast majority of strategic initiatives in enterprises fail, meaning that enterprises are unable to gain success from their strategy. The key reason for these 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 organization sciences, and as implemented in MBA programs. Such knowledge is indeed necessary for managing an enterprise, but it is inadequate 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 organizations 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. These responsibilities can only be borne if members have an appropriate knowledge and an effective awareness of the construction of the enterprise given by a sound engineering approach.

Goals and Scope

The workshop’s primary goal is promoting active discussions centered on theories and methods for the discipline of Enterprise Engineering (EE). We seek to develop a foundation of sound theories over which methodologies can be built and used to effectively engineer and manage enterprises. Hence our main scope is on the presentation, discussion and evolution of EE theories and/or methods. These can be: (1) inspired or related to the postulates of the “Enterprise Engineering Manifesto” and/or the principles in the paper “A discipline of Enterprise Engineering” as proposed by members of the CIAO! research network (; or (2) other original EE theories and/or methods. The CIAO! network aims at disseminating and developing EE with sound theories as a base and, with this workshop, seeks constructive discussion within the network itself and with other groups and individuals interested to contribute to the body of knowledge of the EE discipline.


Currently proposed EE-theories by the CIAO! network are divided in four categories: philosophical, ontological, ideological and technological. The CIAO! internet forum ( provides research documentation for download as well as an active discussion forum on topics related to these theories and other EE topics.

Having this context in mind, we look for submissions of research papers of three types: (1) that improve current CIAO! EE-theories or propose other EE-theories that enrich the EE discipline; (2) that propose methods based on CIAO! or other EE-theories;  and (3) application or usage of CIAO! or other EE-theories.

Journal Publication

Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended and revised versions of their work to a Special Issue on Enterprise Engineering Theories and Methods of the International Journal on Organization Design and Engineering (IJODE). These extended papers will be target of a new peer review process.

Topics and submission process

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

  • Business Process Management
  • Business Process Modeling and Simulation
  • Business Rules
  • Business Rules Management
  • Collaborative, Participative, and Interactive Modeling
  • Component-Based System Development
  • Domain Ontologies
  • Domain Reference Ontologies
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Enterprise Governance
  • Enterprise Modeling and Simulation
  • Enterprise Ontology
  • Information System Architectures
  • Information System Ontologies
  • Information Systems Design
  • Information Systems Development
  • Modeling (cross-enterprise) Business Processes
  • Participatory Systems
  • Reference Models for (cross-enterprise) Business Processes
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Service Oriented Design

Papers have to be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to IEEE camera-ready format and should not exceed 10 pages, including all text, figures, references and appendices. Three to five keywords characterizing the paper should be indicated at the end of the abstract.

For submissions please go to our Easychair workshop page and sign-up or sign-in, submit your abstract and upload your paper taking in account the dates specified below.

Important note: Since the review process is double-blind, please make sure that your names and affiliations are not listed in the paper submitted for review!

Important Dates

Abstract submission: March 28, 2014 (not mandatory*)
Paper submission: April 4, 2014
Acceptance notification: May 1, 2014
Camera ready: May 15, 2014
WEETM: July 14-17, 2014

* please do submit your abstract as soon as possible so we can better organize our review assignments beforehand


Workshop format

The workshop will prioritize discussion time over presentation time.

We aim either for a half-day workshop session with 4 paper presentations or for a full day with 8 to 10 paper presentations.

The first or only session will have the following structure:

  • Workshop opening (10 min) – presentation of workshop goals, topics and format; short introduction of all workshop participants
  • Paper presentations – (120 min) 4 papers with 30 min/paper (20 min presentation + 10 min Q&A)
  • Coffee-break (20 min)
  • Keynote address (30 min: 25 min presentation + 5 min Q&A)
  • Round-table discussion – 60 min

In case there are sufficient papers for a full day workshop, then the second session will share a similar structure: more paper presentations and another keynote address followed by another round table discussion.

The round-table discussion(s) will be previously prepared by the organizers and will be directed towards addressing a set of of topics posted on the workshop website beforehand and, if possible, related with the papers to be presented. The keynote address presentation(s) will also, if possible, be adjusted to the topics of interest target of the workshop’s papers so that the round-table discussions following them are lively and informed. Moreover, the presented papers will be also distributed beforehand to all registered workshop participants to foster discussion and promoting a spirited discussion giving body to this workshop’s goals.

Organization and Program co-chairs

Artur Caetano, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
David Aveiro, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, University of Madeira, Portugal

Advisory Board

Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Jan Dietz, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
Jan Hoogervorst, Antwerp Management School, Belgium
Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Jorge Sanz, IBM Research at Almaden, California US
José Tribolet, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Program Committee

Artur Caetano University of Lisbon, Portugal
Birgit Hofreiter Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Carlos Páscoa Portuguese Air Force Academy, Portugal
Christian Huemer Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Eduard Babkin Higher School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Erik Proper Public Research Centre – Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Florian Matthes Technical University Munich, Germany
Geert Poels University of Gent, Belgium
Hans Mulder University of Antwerp, Belgium
Jens Gulden University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
João Pombinho University of Lisbon, Portugal
Joop de Jong Mprise, The Netherlands
Jorge Sanz IBM Research at Almaden, California US
José Tribolet INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
Joseph Barjis Czech Technical University in Prague
Khaled Gaaloul Public Research Centre – Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Martin Op ‘t Land Capgemini, The Netherlands; University of Antwerp, Belgium
Miguel Mira da Silva INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
Philip Huysmans University of Antwerp, Belgium
Robert Pergl Czech Technical University in Prague
Ulrik Franke Swedish Defense Research Agency, Sweden