11th Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS2010) (BPMDS'2010)

Venue: Hammamet

Location: Hammamet, Tunisia

Event Date/Time: Jun 07, 2010 End Date/Time: Jun 08, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 18, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Feb 18, 2010
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BPMDS 2010


The 11th Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS'09)

7-8 June, Hammamet, Tunisia

Papers submission deadline: February, 18th, 2010


A business process (BP) is a complex phenomenon that can be viewed/analyzed/designed/criticized from different perspectives. A perspective is a particular view on a process that can be characterized by who is viewing the process, and what one chooses to see/not to see. For example, an external observer that watches process instances as they happen in real life, and a process developer designing a device for controlling these instances will have two different sets of perspectives. For example, an external observer viewing operations (activities) completed in the frame of a business process gets a workflow perspective on the process. A developer designing a device for controlling the flow of activities will refer to the “same” perspective as to control-flow perspective. Another example of a perspective: an external observer viewing how objects that are processed in the frame of a process are transferred between different units (agents) can call this view a logistical perspective on the process.

Various modeling languages and notations differ by which and whose perspective they take on a business process. In theory as well as in practice, the workflow/control-flow perspective, also well known as activity-driven, was dominant for a long time. For highly structured processes, the focus on activity-driven perspective satisfied the needs of BPM practice. However, as the BP domain expanded to the less structured flexible processes in flexible environments, the one-sidedness of the modeling techniques and systems based on the dominant perspective became apparent. An attempt to fix the problem by adding many additional components to the activity-driven view has not proven to be a proper solution. As a case with BPMN shows, it creates a highly complicated notation that a normal participant of a business process can generally not understand. BP theory and practice require the ability to engage with business processes in multiple perspectives in the same way as a scene can be photographed from different angles, providing differentiated views on the same scene.

The main theme of this year workshop is discussion of various non-dominant perspectives on business processes and their integration. Some of the perspectives that are discussed in the literature are listed at the end of this call for papers. However, we do not consider the list as closed, any proposal for new perspectives are welcome.

In summary, the workshop will be devoted to the following three questions:

- Non-dominant perspectives/sets of perspectives on business processes

- Finding out which perspectives are most appropriate to particular practical and/or theoretical business process modeling, development and support (BPMDS) tasks; finding BPMDS tasks/problems that can be accomplished/solved when using a particular perspective

- Connecting several perspectives (including a dominant one) together. Each perspective can be considered as a projection of the business process in a particular dimension and a set of perspectives can be considered as a way of organizing a multi-dimensional space. Therefore, connecting several perspectives can provide a multi-dimensional representation of the business process. Creating and visualizing such a model as well as converting one set of perspectives (e.g. the external observer’s) into another set (e.g. developer) is also of interest for discussion in the BPMDS’2010 workshop.


The BPMDS series has produced 10 workshops from 1998 to 2009. Eight of these workshops, including the last seven (BPMDS’03 – BPMDS’09) were held in conjunction with CAiSE conferences. The topics addressed by the BPMDS workshops are focused on IT support for business processes. This is one of the keystones of Information Systems theory. We strongly believe that any major conference in the area of Information Systems needs to address such topics independently of the current fashion. The continued interest in these topics on behalf of the IS community is reflected by the success of the last BPMDS workshops and the recent emergence of new conferences devoted to the theme.

The aim of a workshop is discussions, rather than presentations. Besides research papers, the workshop encourages visionary and practical papers. Position papers that raise relevant questions, or describe successful or unsuccessful practice, or describe experience are all welcome. Submissions are selected based on the relevance to the workshop theme, and potential to facilitate interesting discussions (beside of being clearly written).

The goals, format, and history of BPMDS can be found on the web site: http://www.ibissoft.se/bpmds.html


During the workshop, the following more specific topics will be addressed:

1. Examples of non-dominant perspectives that are of interest for discussion [see a non exhaustive list of other perspectives at the end of the call for paper]:

• Goal perspective
• State perspective
• Context perspective
• Resource/agent perspective

2. Examples of Business Process Modeling, Development and Support activities for which the suitable perspective(s) should be found:

• Resource management
• Finding metrics for process quality management
• Aligning processes with their context

3. Examples of methods for integrating/connecting different perspectives/sets of perspectives

• Connecting perspectives via artifacts (products of the modeling activities)
• Verifying/validating the coherence of the whole
• Maintaining the coherence through business change

Besides the above, we would like to discuss/listen about any experience of using non-dominant perspectives for addressing the following issues:

• Granularity, dynamic configuration, modeling by reuse
• Importance of the creation of reusable and context-aware artifacts
• Win-win situation between efficiency and flexibility in business process modeling and execution
• Trade-off situations: efficiency, adequacy, variability, …
• Real-life applications


Papers submission deadline: February 18th, 2010

Prospective workshop participants are invited to submit a paper related to one or more of the main topics. The paper selection will be based upon the relevance of a paper to the main topics, as well as upon its quality and potential to generate relevant discussion.

Three kinds of submissions are possible.
(1) Full research papers of up to 13 pages in LNCS format.
(2) Experience reports of up to 13 pages (see guidelines in http://processplatsen.ibissoft.se/node/72).
(3) Short position papers of up to 6 pages, devoted to research in progress or to visionary ideas or to position papers.

Please follow the LNCS format instructions at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html for all of them.

The papers should be emailed to Selmin.Nurcan@univ-paris1.fr, indicating the kind of paper submitted.


Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings (joint with EMMSAD), to be published by Springer LNBIP.

The proceedings of BPMDS’09 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/u67l87/.

After the workshop, the workshop material together with a selection of the best papers will be considered for publishing in a special issue of an international journal (previous special issues: BPMDS’09 in IJISMD in progress; BPMDS’08 in SPIP in progress; BPMDS'07 in IJBPIM, vol. 4, issue 2, 2009; BPMDS'06 in IJBPIM, vol. 3, issue 1, 2008; BPMDS'05 in SPIP, vol. 12, issue 1, 2007)


Submission deadline: February 18, 2010
Notification of acceptance: March 13, 2010
Camera-ready papers due: March 20, 2010


Ilia Bider, IbisSoft, Sweden
Selmin Nurcan, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Rainer Schmidt, Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Roland Ukor, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK


Ian Alexander, Scenario Plus, UK
Ilia Bider, IbisSoft, Sweden
Gil Regev, EPFL and Itecor, Switzerland
Lars Taxén, Linköping University, Sweden


Wil van der Aalst – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Sebastian Adam – Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Antonia Albani – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Ian Alexander – Scenario Plus, UK
Ilia Bider – IbisSoft, Stockholm, Sweden
Stewart Green – University of the West of England, UK
Paul Johannesson – Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Marite Kirikova – Riga Technical University, Latvia
Peri Loucopoulos – Loughborough University, UK
Renata Mendes de Araujo – Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Jan Mendling – Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Selmin Nurcan – University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France
Louis-Francois Pau – Erasmus University, Netherlands
Jan Recker – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Gil Regev – EPFL and Itecor, Switzerland
Manfred Reichert – University of Ulm, Germany
Michael Rosemann – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Rainer Schmidt – University of Applied Sciences, Aalen, Germany
Pnina Soffer –University of Haifa, Israel
Markus Strohmaier – University of Toronto, Canada
Lars Taxén – Linköping University, Sweden
Roland Ukor – School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
Barbara Weber – University of Insbruk, Austria
Jelena Zdravkovic – Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden