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The Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Modelling (EM) research area studies how Information Technology can support organisational needs. Our aim is to move beyond business and IT alignment and support innovation and joint development of sustainable trans-organisational solutions. Application areas include business development and management, product engineering, service design, collaboration engineering, process inter-operability, requirements engineering, as well as knowledge and competence management.

Our research within Enterprise Modelling, EM focuses on modelling organisational aspects such as goals, rules, actors, processes and information system requirements in an integrated way.

A key aspect in EM is a participatory way of working which helps consolidating various stakeholder views into a shared organisational design – an enterprise model. Following these principles we have developed an EM approach called EKD – Enterprise Knowledge Development.

Business-IT alignment has been an important research concern during the past two decades and various methods exist addressing the fit between the business and IT. We have focused on properties of EM, and their alignment to business strategy (e.g. resource-based, competition-driven, innovation-focused). Results are numerous methods enabling links between business strategy and different EMs, as well as with IS models, software services and consumer preferences/values.

We have also worked extensively on EM support.

Applications of EM include the analysis of organisational strategies, new product and service design, business re-engineering, distributed value network design, business process standardization, identifying knowledge assets, as well as information system requirements elicitation. We have applied EM in various sectors, e.g. health care, municipalities, education, automotive, airline, tourism, electricity supply and energy efficiency.

Our research in Business Process Management, BPM focuses on process language analysis, methods for business process design, social software for process management, process and workflow patterns, as well as open source implementations of process languages. Applications of BPM are public e-services, process mining, and health care process design and management.

Focus areas, BPM

  • Modelling and execution languages
  • Open source systems for BPM
  • Aspect oriented BPM
  • BPM for the Swedish public sector