Call for Papers

13th Enterprise Design and Engineering Working Conference – EDEWC 2023 – November 28 and 29, Vienna, Austria

Submission Dates (2nd submission window):

    • October 16th: Deadline for submission of abstracts*
    • October 23th: Submission deadline for initial versions of papers
    • October 30th: Notification of acceptance

    We are happy to inform you that the 13th Enterprise Design & Engineering Working Conference (EDEWC 2023) will be held in Vienna, Austria, co-located with the 16th IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modeling (PoEM 2023), both being part of the Business Informatics week 2023, which runs from November 28th to December 1, 2023, and is hosted by the Business Informatics group of TU Wien.

    The conference (and the supporting research network) has been renamed from Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC) to Enterprise Design & Engineering Working Conference (EDEWC), including the notion of enterprise design in the title and reflecting a broadening of scope.  This broadened scope mirrors the rapid increase in digitization of enterprises in the last decade.  This has resulted in a substantial change in the nature and structure of enterprises, which was the main focus of the Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC). Driven by a desire to make enterprises more efficient in the production of a widening range of services and products, combined with a need to become more agile and resilient due to increased global competition, the balance between the social and technical aspects has now shifted substantially towards the latter.

    As part of this evolution, (traditional) information systems have now been supplemented with, or even supplanted by, advanced systems involving IoT, Big Data, Digital Twins, and AI, as well as (model-driven) no-code/low-code platforms. This has resulted in the emergence of “digital enterprises”, in which information systems no longer merely provide a passive mirror of reality but have become a primary driver of business activities. In such enterprises, information systems tend to not only support key business decision making, but increasingly take these decisions in a (semi-)autonomous way that shapes and innovates business reality rather than only mirroring it. These technical evolutions have also influenced the human and organizational side of enterprises. Concurrently with this evolution, the organizational structure of some enterprises has become increasingly formal, with strict governance, risk, and compliance principles and procedures in place which are regularly audited at unprecedented scale, whereas others have thrived as ultra-agile start-ups with informal new and flat adhocracies. The combination of both of these evolutions constitute an unprecedented challenge that needs to be addressed in a systematic way with both rigor and relevance, which is reflected in the shift of focus from EEWC to EDEWC.  

    In the context of such complex and agile interconnected socio-technical systems, we believe there is a general need for a new holistic and integrated approach to manage the development of enterprises. This entails integrating different fields and approaches, including enterprise governance, enterprise architecture management, organizational design, information systems engineering, software engineering, and change management, among others, as well as specializations towards specific aspects or concerns, such as human resources management, business process management, risk and compliance management, and quality management. 

    Within the scope of enterprise design and engineering, conceptual modeling and ontologies are considered of significant importance, as these allow an implementation-agnostic, semantically rich, and human-aligned encoding of enterprise systems and knowledge. It is also assumed that the implementation of (conceptual) modeling and ontologies in mission-critical platforms will be crucial, similar as with the link between these models and the actual socio-technical implementation of the enterprise. All these models and implementations, including the traceability between both, need to be highly evolvable at the product and design process-level to deal with unseen rates of change. Therefore, contributions on (conceptual) modeling, ontologies and their implementation and evolution, are welcomed, especially when a combination of theory and empirical validation is presented.


    Guidelines, page limits and submission details are available for scientific long and short papers,  case reportstooling papers and doctoral papers. The four types of submissions are described shortly below:

    • Scientific papers share innovative research issues and practical experiences, mixing rigor and relevance, to facilitate profound discussions on the topics of EDEWC
    • Case Reports describe real world cases. These papers typically take a “practitioner’s” perspective, and tend not to use formal scientific protocols. These papers provide interesting starting points for discussion and reflection during the conference, typically in the industry track/sessions
    • Tooling papers present modeling tools that have been or are being developed in an enterprise design and engineering environment
    • Doctoral papers present ongoing Phd research work in the dedicated Doctoral Consortium session of EDEWC

    It is necessary that at least one of the authors of accepted papers physically attends EDEWC and presents the accepted paper.

    Papers submitted in the scientific category that do not fully meet the criteria of a full scientific paper might be accepted for presentation and publication as a forum paper/case report or poster paper, depending on their content, quality, and reviews. Poster papers are considered to present innovative research work, which is still at a relatively early stage and do not necessarily include a full-scale validation. EEWC Forum papers will be presented in dedicated sessions of the EDEWC Program.

    All papers must follow the Springer LNBIP format and should be restricted to the page limits indicated for each submission type, including all text, figures, references and appendices. The review process is double-blind except for doctoral and tooling papers. So papers not of these two types must be submitted in PDF format having no author information. Submissions are made through our Easychair conference management system. Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Information about the Springer LNBIP format can be found at Springer LNBIP web page. Submissions not conforming to the LNBIP format or exceeding the maximum pages will be rejected without review.


    Contributions in the broad range of topics mentioned below are welcomed, with special attention to work related to (conceptual) modeling, ontologies and their implementation and evolution, particularly when a combination of theory and empirical validation is presented (see above). Topics of interest to for the EDEWC include, but are not limited to:

    • Specific aspects of enterprises:
      • Business processes
      • Business rules
      • Information systems
      • Software architectures
    • Cross cutting concerns for enterprises:
      • FAIR principles on good data management
      • Regulatory compliance
      • Sustainability
      • Cyber risks
      • Governance
      • Coherence
      • Resilience & antifragility
      • Traceability (between models and implementations)
      • Evolvability/Agility in all its dimensions, including (technical and business) scalability
    • Specific activities within enterprise design and engineering:
      • Architecture
      • Design
      • Transformation
      • Creation & use of reference models
      • Tool support for enterprise design and engineering
      • Collaborative & participatory modeling & design
      • Implementation of conceptual modeling and ontologies, a.o. machine-actionability and code generation in new platforms (eg. Blockchain, …)
    • Foundations of enterprise design and engineering:
      • Cybernetics
      • Complex adaptive systems
      • Foundations of (conceptual) modeling
      • Fact-based thinking & modeling
      • Enterprise ontology
      • Normalized systems theory
      • Foundational ontologies
      • Design and engineering methods for enterprises and their (computerized) information systems, preferably with a focus on agility/evolvability in realistic contexts
      • Integration of methods, aimed at amongst others, finding synergies between methods.
      • Domain-specific methods
      • Human aspects of engineering enterprises, including usability/understandability of modeling
    • Applications of enterprise design and engineering
      • Case studies in enterprise design and engineering
      • Application of enterprise design and engineering in specific sectors / industries
      • Relationship between rigorous engineering and design science methodology (theory) and best practices/heuristics from practice

    The goal remains to gather academics and practitioners in order to share innovative research issues and practical experiences, balancing rigor and relevance, as well as to facilitate profound discussions on the discipline of enterprise design and engineering. More specifically, the plan is to have each paper go through the following process:

    1. Each submitted paper (via EasyChair) abiding the specifications will be reviewed by three reviewers. The reviewers will be asked to recommend acceptance of the paper as (full or short) paper in Springer EDEWC proceedings; or as a paper in EDEWC Forum CEUR proceedings. Papers that are selected as Short Papers for the Springer EDEWC proceedings may still be accepted as full papers, provided they are considerably improved (see point 3).
    2. The authors will be requested to provide an updated version of their papers before the conference, taking into account the review comments, to be presented at the conference, by at least one of the authors. The papers (and presentations) will be discussed in more detail.
    3. Immediately after the conference, the chairs will take a decision on which short papers will be promoted to full and communicate it to the authors. All authors are then required to submit an updated version of their paper taking into account the discussions at the conference and chairs’ feedback. Papers accepted as full will have to include at least 3 pages of additional content.

    Important Dates


    First window of submissions
    Deadline for submission of abstracts*: September 11
    Submission deadline for initial versions of papers: September 25
    Notification of acceptance (full or short): October 9
    Second window of submissions
    Deadline for submission of abstracts*: October 16
    Submission deadline for initial versions of papers: October 23
    Notification of acceptance (full or short): October 30
    EDEWC Conference: November 28-29
    Post-conference versions of papers due: December 18 
    Final notification of acceptance to post-proceedings: January 15
    Camera ready: January 29

    *  not mandatory, but please submit an abstract as soon as possible so we can better organize the review process.


    As in earlier years, the proceedings containing the scientific papers will be published as post-conference proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP).

    Case reports, tooling papers, doctoral papers and general submissions accepted as poster papers will be submitted for publication online in CEUR as part of EDEWC Forum post-conference proceedings.

    The use of post-conference proceedings enables the authors to update their submissions based on the feedback from reviewers, as well as the discussions during the conference, which truly underlines the working conference character of EDEWC.

    EDEWC Forum

    The EDEWC Forum is a place within the conference for presentation and discussion of new and preliminary ideas, industry case reports and case studies from practice and tools related to enterprise design and engineering. Intended to serve as an interactive platform, the Forum aims at the presentation of emerging new topics and controversial positions, as well as demonstration of innovative systems, tools, applications and reports of application of enterprise design and engineering methods and tools. The Forum sessions at the EDEWC conference aim to facilitate the interaction, discussion, and exchange of ideas among presenters and participants and integrate knowledge of academic and practitioner perspectives.


    PC co-chairs:

    • Cristine Griffo, Free University of Bolzano, Italy
    • Monika Malinova Mandelburger, TU Wien, Austria
    • Sérgio Guerreiro, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal

    Steering Committee:

    • David Aveiro, University of Madeira, Portugal
    • Henderik Proper, TU Wien, Austria
    • Mark Mulder, TEEC2, Netherlands

    Program Committee (to be confirmed/updated):

    • Alberto Silva, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Carlos Mendes, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Carlos Páscoa, Portuguese Air Force Academy, Portugal
    • Eduard Babkin, Higher School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
    • Florian Matthes, Technical University Munich, Germany
    • Fernanda Baião, Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil
    • Frederick Gailly, Ghent University
    • Geert Poels, University of Gent, Belgium
    • Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Bolzano / Bozen, Italy
    • Gil Regev, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Graham McLeod, McLeod,, South Africa and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • Hans Mulder, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    • Jaap Gordijn, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
    • Jan Dietz, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    • Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    • Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • Jorge Sanz, Computing and Business School, National University of Singapore
    • João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
    • José Tribolet, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Joseph Barjis, San Jose State University, USA
    • Julio Nardi, NEMO/IFES, Brazil
    • Junichi Iijima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
    • Marcela Vegeti, CONICET, Argentina
    • Marcello Bax, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
    • Martin Op ‘t Land, Capgemini, The Netherlands and University of Antwerp, Belgium
    • Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    • Maurício Almeida, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
    • Miguel Mira da Silva, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Peter Loos, University of Saarland, Germany
    • Petr Kremen, Babylon Health, UK and Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
    • Philip Huysmans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    • Pnina Soffer, MIS department, Haifa University, Israel
    • Pontus Johnson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    • Robert Lagerström, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
    • Robert Pergl, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
    • Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
    • Rony Flatscher, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
    • Sanetake Nagayoshi, Shizuoka University, Japan
    • Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen, Germany
    • Stephan Aier, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
    • Steven van Kervel, Formetis, The Netherlands
    • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
    • Sybren de Kinderen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • Tatyana Poletaeva, INSA/LITIS, France
    • Tiago Prince Sales, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
    • Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • Ulrik Franke, Swedish Defense Research Agency, Sweden