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


UGentMIS congratulates Nadejda Alkhaldi and supervisor Frederik Gailly for obtaining the joint UGent-VUB doctoral degree in Business Economics

A fine accomplishment of the UGent-VUB Alliance Research Group in Information Systems (UVIS)

Nadejda Alkhaldi

On the Symbioses between Conceptual Modeling and Ontology Engineering: Recommendation-Based Conceptual Modeling

Prof. dr. Wouter Verbeke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Prof. dr. Frederik Gailly (Ghent University)
Prof. dr. Sven Casteleyn (Universitat Jaume I de Castello)

Friday, 17 November 2017 at 14h30
in Room D.2.18, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels

Public defence PhD Renata Petrevska Nechkoska @UKLO

On 26 October, Mrs. Renata Petrevska Nechkoska successfully defended her dissertation ‘Tactical management sense-and-respond framework enhancement using ICT’ in Prilep, Macedonia. UGentMIS congratulates Dr. Renata Petrevska for this fine achievement, obtaining the degrees of Doctor of Business Administration (UGent) and Doctor of Management (UKLO).