Special Issue: 100 Years of Graphical Business Process Modelling


100 years of graphical business process modelling? This sounds like a misprint, but it isn’t! On 5-9 December 1921, Frank B. Gilbreth & L. M. Gilbreth presented a new concept named “Process Charts“ at the Annual Meeting of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. They described the notation as “a device for visualizing a process as a means of improving it.“ This anniversary is a good opportunity to look back on the past 100 years, to review the present, and to take a view towards the future. What has been achieved? Which challenges still remain? In a special issue of the EMISA Journal, we invite researchers as well as practitioners to discuss the history, current state and future of business process modelling.

Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

• the history of graphical modelling techniques in general and of business process modelling in particular,

• different approaches to visualize processes,

• suitability of business process models for the communication between business experts, process experts and software experts,

• limits of past and current modelling techniques,

• use of graphical models for analysis and improvement of business processes,

• theories and theoretical approaches to graphical business process modelling,

• challenges such as flexibility, complexity and maintainability,

• automatic business process discovery, analysis and implementation,

• patterns and best practices,

• success and failure stories and conclusions for the future

Guest editors: Ralf Laue, Heinrich Mayr and Bernhard Thalheim


- Intent to submit including abstract: December 1, 2020 (via email to ralf.laue@fh-zwickau.de - You are very invited to discuss suitability and scope of your proposed submission with the guest editors in advance.)

- Full submission of article: February 28, 2021

- First round of reviews completed: April 2021

- Submission of revisions if needed: August 16th, 2021

- Second round of reviews completed: September 20th, 2021

- Final submission: October 25th, 2021

- Publication of Special Issue December 2021


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