CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network


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The mission of the CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network (CEEN) is executed by a network of universities, research institutes, and companies. The activities of the CEEN include performing research, acquiring research funds, disseminating scientific results, and developing practically useful theories, methods, techniques, and tools. 

The founding members of the network are:



Technical University of Delft, Netherlands 

Jan Dietz

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Antonia albani

Antwerp Management School, Belgium

Hans Mulder

Antwerp Management School, Belgium

Jan Hoogervorst

The current full members are listed next in chronological order, with the first name being the representative of the respective institution in the CEEN’s Advisory Board.



University of Lisbon, Portugal

José Tribolet, Artur Caetano

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Jan Verelst, Herwig Mannaert, Philip Huysmans

Antwerp Management School, Belgium

Hans Mulder, Jan Hoogervorst, Martin Op ‘t Land

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland 

Antonia Albani, Robert Winter

Higher School of Economics at Nizhny Novgorod at Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia 

Eduard Babkin

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 

Junichi Iijima

University of Madeira, Portugal

David Aveiro

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

Henderik Proper

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Jorge Sanz

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Robert Pergl

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Marcello Bax, Maurício Almeida, Renata Baracho

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Ulrich Frank

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Giancarlo Guizzardi

 The secretariat for the administration of the CEEN is composed by: Antonia Albani (Secretary) and David Aveiro (Webmaster)


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Note: do visit the page regarding our next event: the 12th Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC 2022) happening on November 2nd – 4th in Leusden, The Netherlands

Joining forces towards a new EE Network

The CIAO! network, the, and the EE Institute have joined forces to become an integrated network, concerned with the development of theory-based and practice-proven methods, techniques, and tools for enterprise engineering.

The new network will provide a platform to further strengthen our activities, such as:

  • academic events, and the EEWC working conference in particular,
  • the development of an EE body of knowledge,
  • joint research projects,
  • outreach events such as EE Insights,
  • a doctoral consortium and joint PhD training and supervision,
  • courses and certification for practitioners.
The formal kick-off of the new network took place during EEWC 2021.

CIAO! Mission

The CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network (CEEN) 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 aim is to develop a holistic and general systems theory based understanding on how to (re)design and run enterprises effectively.

The ambition is to develop a consistent and coherent set of theories, models and associated methods that: enable enterprises to reflect, in a systematic way, on how to realize 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, as well as philosophy, semiotics and sociology, among others.

In other words, the (re)design of an enterprise and the subsequent implementation of changes should be the consequence of rationalised decisions that: take in account the nature and reality of the enterprise and its environment; and respect relevant empirical and scientific principles.

Enterprises are taken to be systems whose reality has a dual nature by being simultaneously, on one hand, centrally and purposefully (re)designed; and, on the other hand, emergent in a distributed way, given the fact that, its main agents, the humans that are the ‘pearls’ of the organization, act with free will, in a creative and in a responsible (or sometimes not) way.

We acknowledge that, in practice, the development of enterprises is not always a purely rational/evidence-based process. As such, we believe the field of EE aims to provide evidence-based insights into the design and evolution of enterprises and the consequences of different choices irrespective of the way decisions are made.

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.

The CEEN welcomes proposals of improvements to our current body of knowledge, as well as the inclusion of compliant and alternative views, always keeping in mind the need to maintain global systemic coherence, consistency and scientific rigour of the entire EE body of knowledge, as a prerequisite for the consolidation of this new Engineering discipline. Yearly events like the Enterprise Engineering Working Conference and associated Doctoral Consortium are organized to promote the presentation of EE research and application in practice, as well as discussions on the contents and current state of our body of theories and methods.