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Int. J. of Information Technology and Management


Special Issue on: “Business Process Management: from Engineering to Execution”


Guest Editor: Associate Professor Angel Ortiz, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain


Business processes are common and well-known words in the scientific and enterprise arena. More that a decade ago, papers and books launched a new business processes era. Many enterprises set up projects dealing with business process re-engineering and business process improvement. In general, these projects covered changes in the way to do activities supported by IT systems and partial organisational changes. After intensive use and dissemination of these projects, businesses processes moved to a sceptical period. A number of studies reported pitfalls and limited results. Today, we can state that the business process approaches in the earlier 90s were myopic in some assumptions. However, we must be grateful to them, because they initiated the path to a process-driven scenario.


One of the main problems in the business processes initiatives was to consider technologies and people as enablers instead of an inseparable part of business processes. Additionally, they had a narrow perception of the business processes’ life cycle that usually was very focused in the identification and design phases.


The big change in the last few years has been to consider the end-to-end business processes life-cycle from engineering to execution, and to understand the importance of business processes as the element that brings together functionality, people and technologies to reach strategic objectives.


Nowadays, at least two exciting challenges are emerging in the business processes domain: on the one hand, the connection between business processes engineering and execution phases in a bidirectional way; on the other, companies need to work in a process-oriented way, which means different front-ends. New front-ends must be process oriented and not information systems oriented. That means they must overcome current interoperability problems at different levels, between processes, information and data, and new human-machine-software interfaces.


This special issue aims to attract high quality papers covering current research and practice in the field of business processes as a key point to improve enterprise agility and why not to change the way of working.


Subject Coverage


Key issues include but are not limited to:

  • Business process modelling
  • Business process interoperability in centralised and networked enterprises
  • Business process architectures and reference models
  • Service and process conversation
  • Process-based service integration
  • Business process performance
  • Quality of service in business processes
  • Business process intelligence
  • Formal models in business process management
  • Process configuration and assembly
  • Business process execution
  • Process-enhanced groupware


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere


All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Papers Submission section under Author Guidelines


To submit a paper, please read our information on Submission of Papers


This is our preferred route for submitting papers; please use it if at all possible. However, if you experience any problems submitting papers in this way, an alternative route is suggested below


Important Dates


Deadline for submission: 15 January, 2006


Papers reviewed by: 15 March, 2006


Final re-submission: 15 May, 2006


Editors and Notes


As an alternative to using the Submission of Papers site, you may send one copy of each manuscript (in hard copy) or one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details of both formats in Author Guidelines) to the following:


Angel Ortiz
Centro de Gestión e Ingeniería de la Producción (CIGIP)
Departamento de Organización de Empresas
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Camino de Vera s/n
46021 Valencia
Tel: 963877061
Fax: 963877689


with a copy to:


IEL Editorial Office
PO Box 735
Olney, Bucks MK46 5WB
Fax: +44 1234-240515


Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor