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Learning Goal

In this seminar, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the role of semantics in business process management. We will analyze existing approaches of using ontologies and ontological analysis in information systems research, evaluate the practical impact, and identify open research issues.


Kick-off Meeting

Monday, March 3, 2008, 5.15 - 6.30 p.m., HS11

Final Presentations

Wednesday, May 5, 12:00 noon - 6.00 p.m., Room 3W03
Thursday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m., Room 3W03
Friday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon , Room 3W03

Instructions and Grading

    You have to (1) submit an overview paper of 16-18 pages in Springer LNCS formatting and (2) give a presentation of 60 minutes (ca. 20 - 25 slides). Both the paper and the presentation must be submitted as PDF files to no later than April 30, 2008.

    For guidance on how to write a paper, see Since the task is to write an overview paper, the necessary sections and structure can be modified as needed. Your paper should be a concise summary of the state of the art in the respective fields, and discuss open issues.

    As for the presentation: Please submit your presentation either as PowerPoint or PDF (one slide per page!) and bring your own computer to the final presentation.


    Plagiarism: Make sure you give proper credit to work you are re-using! Some information is at

Topics and Materials

Important: The given references are ONLY first pointers to relevant literature. Use those to carry out a proper search for related literature! It is not sufficient to just take into account the explicitly listed papers. Also check

1. Ontologies for Business Processes: From TOVE to SUPER (Matthias Janetschek)
Ontologies for Organisational Aspects of Enterprises

2. Ontological Analysis of Information Systems (Markus Posch)

3. The REA Ontology: Initial Approach and Current Efforts (Dennis Noordseij)

4. Enterprise Ontology (Robert Roth)

5. Declarative Process Modeling (Stefan Hirschmann)

6. Process Mining (Franz Endstrasser)

7. Web 2.0 Approaches in Business Process Management (Carmen Brenner)

8. Event-Driven Process Chains (Georg Schild)

9. The Conceptual Model of ARIS (Muhammad Aleem)

10. The e3Value Ontology (Doris Silbernagl)

11. Business Process Modeling: Complexity vs. Community Size (Elias Kärle)

12. SAP Business by Design: Philosophy and Architecture (Peter Kirchmair)