CfP VMBO 2020 in Brussels

  • Call for Papers – 14th International Workshop on Value Modelling and Business Ontologies – VMBO 2020
  • January 16-17, 2020, Brussels, Belgium
  • Submission deadline: November 24, 2019


It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a paper to the 14th International Workshop on Value Modelling and Business Ontologies (VMBO 2020) on January 16th to 17th, 2020. This workshop will be held in the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels, Belgium.

The importance of modeling the essence of enterprises on a level that abstracts from operational details is increasingly recognized. Two established enterprise modeling approaches are value modeling and business ontology. Business ontology provides abstract descriptions of enterprises in their business context, focusing on what is needed to create and transfer value. Value modeling is a business modeling approach that focuses on the value objects exchanged in business networks. Business ontology and value modeling research is conducted using instruments like REA (Resources, Events, Agents), the Business Model Canvas, the e3value tool set, VDML and the Enterprise Engineering framework.

The goals of the VMBO workshop series are to bring together researchers with an interest in value modeling and business ontology in order to present and discuss the current state of enterprise or business modeling and to identify key areas for further research, including, specifically but not exclusively, innovative business model design, service design, systemic trust for value exchanges, ontologies for modelling economic concepts and institutions, and value-aware systems design.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission: November 24, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: December 8, 2019
  • VMBO 2020: January 16-17, 2020

Instructions for submissions:

If you are interested in joining, please submit a paper in the following categories:

  • Full paper (maximum of eight pages): describes original research contributions, presents problems or challenges encountered in practice or reports on industrial cases and practices.
  • Short paper (maximum of four pages): describes your main ideas. We encourage you to focus on ideas in progress for which you would like to get feedback from other workshop participants.

If wanted, the accepted papers can be published with CEUR online proceedings. We support the submission of VMBO papers afterwards to a special issue of a journal, e.g. Journal of Applied Ontology (JAO) or Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting (JETA), if possible. Note that submitted papers will be reviewed only marginally. The program committee will use the papers to put together a final program; the aim is to accommodate all relevant papers with sufficient quality.

Submit your short paper preferably in PDF format and following the (Proceedings) style of Springer LNCS to

Program Committee:

  • Wim Laurier (chair)
  • Geert Poels (chair)
  • Ben Roelens (chair)
  • Hans Weigand (chair)
  • Birger Andersson
  • Jaap Gordijn
  • Nicola Guarino
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi
  • Pavel Hruby
  • Christian Huemer
  • Joris Hulstijn
  • Paul Johannesson
  • Bill McCarthy
  • Erik Proper
  • Ivan Razo-Zapata
  • Walter Schwaiger
  • Yao-Hua Tan

Aygun Shafagatova wins BPM 2019 best PhD student paper award

UGentMIS PhD student Aygun Shafagatova and her supervisor/co-author Amy Van Looy have won the prestigious PhD student best paper award of the BPM 2019 conference for their paper ‘Understanding the Alignment of Employee Appraisals and Rewards with Business Processes’.

UGentMIS congratulates the winning team for this excellent achievement!

Two Phd positions available

Ghent University (Belgium) is hiring two PhD students in the domain of Business Process Management: one technical profile and one management-related profile.

Start date: October 1, 2019 (or sooner, if possible)

4-year project grants are already obtained. The topics are to be discussed with the supervisor, within certain project limitations.

* For the technical profile: The focus lies on the discovery, analyses and support of knowledge intensive business processes. Sectors where these processes typically can be situated are the health care sector and legal sector.

* For the management-related profile: We particularly intend to continue working on the managerial and organizational aspects involved in the broad domain of Business Process Management, and the link with digital innovation and new technologies.

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Nominee for BPM 2018 best paper award

The paper ‘On the synergies between Business Process Management and Digital Innovation’ by Amy Van Looy is nominated for the BPM 2018 best paper award. BPM is the premier conference on Business Process Management and is held this year in Sidney, Australia.

UGentMIS congratulates Amy and her Master of Science in Business Administration students taking the course Research Methods in Management and Informatics, who helped with collecting the data for this paper.

dr. Michael Verdonck

On the 24th of May Michael Verdonck successfully defended his phd “Ontology-driven conceptual modeling: Model Comprehension, Ontology Selection and Method Complexity.”

The Phd of Michael was supervised by Frederik Gailly and the members of the examination board were:

  • Prof. dr. Patrick Van Kenhove (Chairman, University Ghent)
  • Prof. dr. Frederik Gailly (Supervisor, University Ghent)
  • Prof. dr. Geert Poels (University Ghent)
  • Prof. dr. Amy Van Looy (University Ghent)
  • Prof. dr. Sergio de Cesare (University of Westminster, UK)
  • Prof. dr. Ben Roelens (Open Universiteit, Netherlands)
  • Prof. dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi (Free University of Bolzano, Italy)

Congratulations Michael !!!!


Hurray – UGent Business Informatics has a new doctor!



Laleh Rafati

A conceptual modelling approach for value-driven
strategic sourcing

Prof. dr. Geert Poels

Thursday, 25 January 2018


Prof. dr. Patrick Van Kenhove
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Ghent University

Prof. dr. Geert Poels
Ghent University

Prof. dr. Frederik Gailly
Ghent University

Prof. dr. Ben Roelens
Open University Netherlands

Prof. dr. Jan Verelst
Antwerpen University

Prof. dr. Francesco Polese
Salerno University

Prof. Monica Dragoicea
University Politehnica of Bucharest




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Goodbye and congratulations to Dr. Ben Roelens


UGentMIS wishes to thank Ben for his enthusiastic engagement since October 1, 2011. Ben has accepted a position of Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) at the Open Universiteit, Heerlen, The Netherlands, and will be affiliated with our team as a parttime voluntary postdoctoral researcher. We wish him all the best with his new career in far-away Holland!

PhD position Business & IT at UGentMIS, Dept. Business Informatics and Operations Management

The UGentMIS research team of the Dept. of Business Informatics and Operations Management will open a PhD position (junior assistant) for research and (limited) teaching in Business & IT (teaching requires mastering of the Dutch language). The candidate is expected to complete a PhD research within 4 – 6 years.

The UGentMIS research team is headed by Prof. Geert Poels, assisted by Prof. Frederik Gaillly (associate professor) and Prof. Amy Van Looy (assistant professor). We are active in the domains of Enterprise Modelling/Architecture and Business Process Management (both from managerial and technological perspectives). The current themes in our research are threefold:

How to ensure that IT delivers business value (with particular emphasis on business (model) innovation through application of emergent technologies)?

How to employ IT to better manage business processes (with particular emphasis on administrative and clinical processes in the healthcare sector)?

How mature are organisations in managing digital innovation in business processes (with particular emphasis on citizen-facing processes in the government sector)?

The UGentMIS professors will help the PhD student to define a PhD research topic related to one of these themes.

Our research approach is pragmatic, encompassing both design-based research and mixed methods research. Reference disciplines include Business/Management/Organisational studies, Computer Science, and Information Systems. The PhD student will be trained (as part of the UGent doctoral training programme) in research methodology and domain-specific topics, and the UGentMIS professors will help the candidate to develop an appropriate research plan.

UGentMIS research is often performed in close collaboration with organisations, like for instance, VDMbee, PwC, ISACA, UZGent, Maria Middelares, Collibra, City of Ghent.

Given the multidisciplinary focus and applied nature of our research bridging business and IT, UGentMIS is actively searching for 2nd Master Business Engineering students (all fields of study) or Master students of Complementary Studies in Business Economics, with a background in engineering or computer science. Expressions of interest by other students (e.g., Computer Science, Informatics, Applied Informatics, Business Informatics, Engineering) of Ghent University or other universities (Flanders and abroad) are welcome.

The PhD position will be opened once one or more suitable candidates have expressed their interest.

If interested, contact me at
or just talk to me when you see me at the Faculty (open door policy).

Kind regards
Prof. dr. Geert Poels