Fifth International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2014) (ICSOB 2014)

Venue: Azia Resort and Spa

Location: Paphos, Cyprus

Event Date/Time: Jun 15, 2014 / 9:00 am - (GMT +2:00 hours) End Date/Time: Jun 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm - (GMT +2:00 hours)
Registration Date: Jun 14, 2014 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
Early Registration Date: Apr 07, 2014 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
Paper Submission Date: Dec 31, 2013 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
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Conference Theme

Shortening the time-to-market: from short cycle times to continuous value delivery


Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact not only on productivity and on GDP growth globally, but also on our daily work and lives. Moreover there is a noticeable spillover within other industries (e.g. manufacturing, entertainment industry) enabling new business models: companies bundle their physical products and software services into solutions (e.g. using subscription models or in-app purchases) and start to sell independent software products in addition to physical products. Software business refers to commercial activities in and around the software industry, aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and software services. Although the software business shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherent features making it a challenging domain for research. In particular software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers or a unique experience to their users. Moreover recent developments like the emerging app economy offer a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs or start-up companies. The recent acquisition of the three-year old Finnish mobile game startup Supercell with the total value of 2.2 billion Euros shows that the future of software is not only in utility and but also in entertainment and increasing freetime of people globally. This will have a profound effect on software business and requires novel business models and new approaches to software product development as well.


ICSOB 2014 addresses researchers and practitioners, who are concerned with software business in different ways as well as the start-up community, which is increasingly focusing on mobile and social software. The main theme of 2014 focuses on speeding up the time from idea to value delivery, towards continuous delivery of added value.


Conference Topics

You are invited to submit papers addressing contemporary issues emerging at the intersection of the software and business domains, broadly defined. Both papers reporting research results and industrial experiences are welcome. Invited are original submissions on the topics listed below, including but not limited to:


Special sessions this year:

* Speeding up time-to-market: towards continuous value delivery

* Business models in game and entertainment software


Regular themes of the conference series:

* Software Platforms and Ecosystems

* Corporate networks between software companies / Software Supply Networks

* Business impacts and business models of Cloud Computing

* Software Product Management

* Software business in the future

* Licensing, Intellectual Property and Patent Issues (IP modularity)

* Business models for software startups and existing software companies

* App Economy 

* Productization, Servification, and Servitization

* Impact of Megatrends on software business (e.g. Customization)

* Effects of business models on software development

* Global and cultural aspects of software business

* Mobile software business trends


Submission Instructions

Full research papers (15 pages), short papers (6 pages), industrial track presentations (abstract) and posters are all welcome. Accepted full papers

and short papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer as a volume in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series (if at least one author of the paper attends the conference and presents the paper). PhD students are invited to submit research abstracts and present and discuss their work at the Doctoral Symposium. A separate CFP for the Doctoral Symposium will be published later. You may also submit workshop proposals to the conference. For details and updates visit


Important Dates

Paper Submission: December 31, 2013

Workshop proposal submission: December 23, 2013

Notification: March 10, 2014

Camera-Ready: April 7, 2014

Conference: June 15-18, 2014


Conference Officers

General Chair

Tiziana Margaria, University of Potsdam


Program Chairs

Casper Lassenius, Aalto University

Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology


Local Organization Chair

George Angelos Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus 


Industry Chair

Georg Herzwurm, Universität Stuttgart


Workshops Chair

Krzysztof Wnuk, Lund University


Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Anna-Lena Lamprecht, University of Potsdam

Tobias Tauterat, University of Stuttgart


Publicity Chair

Eetu Luoma, University of Jyväskylä


Steering Committee

Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University

Michael Cusumano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä

Björn Regnell, Lund University

Inge van de Weerd, Utrecht University

Tiziana Margaria, University of Potsdam

Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University

Jan Bosch, Chalmers University

Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart


Program Committee

Sergey Avdoshin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Peter Buxmann, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Michael Cusumano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Torgeir Dingsøyr, SINTEF, Norway

Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick / Lero, Ireland

Samuel Fricker, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Peter Gloor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Georg Herzwurm, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Thomas Hess, LMU Munich, Germany

Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada

Thomas Kude, University of Mannheim, Germany

Olli Kuivalainen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ulrike Lechner, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany

Andrey Maglyas, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Tiziana Margaria, University of Potsdam, Germany

Rory O'Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland

Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Wolfram Pietsch, FH Aachen, Germany

Björn Regnell, Lund University, Sweden

Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany

Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Finland

Günther Ruhe, University of Calgary, Canada

Stefan Seidel, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Universität Bremen, Germany

Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Krzysztof Wnuk, Lund University, Sweden


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