“Many processes in organizations are routinized but nevertheless, change. This workshop has the potential to make a big step ahead in understanding how. An exciting opportunity not to be missed!”

(Markus Becker, University of Southern Denmark)


“I would challenge you to a battle of wits- so come prepared to challenge the process how processes change. If you want to be part of the process to understand process change you need to attend the workshop!”

(Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western University, United States)


“Routine dynamics and BPM look at many of the same phenomena from different points of view, so there are enormous opportunities for collaboration and learning.  Don’t miss this workshop!”

(Brian Pentland, Michigan State University, United States)


Unique Contributions of this Workshop

  • This workshop reaches out to scholars from the organization sciences and information systems research to stronger engage with the BPM Conference.
  • Co-organizer Waldemar Kremser is a key researcher from the organization sciences and a founder of the Routines Research Community.
  • There is a vibrant discourse on flexible routines in information systems research, as exemplified by seminal works such as Leonardi (MISQ 2011) being cited more than 1,000 times.
  • This workshop plays a key role in building bridges between these research communities, introducing new research communities to the BPM Conference.

Business Process Management and Routine Dynamics are both interested in how work in organizations is carried out. However, both fields depart from different assumptions, utilize different methods, and have different research foci. Consequently, both disciplines have so far co-existed with only limited mutual exchange, thereby missing the opportunities arising from synergies and cross-fertilization.

The aim of this workshop is to bring both communities closer together and provide a stage for mutual exchange. To facilitate this, we invite conceptual, empirical, and algorithm engineering papers addressing the dynamics of business processes and organizational routines. Different terms have been used to discuss these dynamics in both fields, including process evolution, process change, routine dynamics, exogenous and endogenous change, process drift, etc. We encourage the full spectrum of research methods that the social sciences and computer science offer.

The workshop is planned as a half-day event comprised of the presentations of accepted papers followed by a discussion session to outline directions for future research as well as to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.  

Submissions can address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Papers that investigate how business processes or aspects thereof change over time
  • Methodological aspects to study change in business processes
  • Conceptual contributions of how change in business processes can be understood
  • Papers that study process change initiatives and their effect in organizations
  • Unintentional change in business processes
  • Process mining algorithms to investigate process dynamics

Prospective authors can submit full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages) complying with the LNBIP format (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-791344-0). Papers have to present original research contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere. The title page must contain a short abstract, keywords, and an indication of the submission category (regular research paper/position paper/tool report or demo paper). Accepted papers will be published by Springer as a post-proceeding volume in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 20th International Conference on Business Process Management hosted by the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), Münster, Germany, September 12-15, 2022.


Some References for Inspiration

Wurm, B., Grisold, T., Mendling, J., & vom Brocke, J. 2021. Business Process Management and Routine Dynamics. Cambridge Handbook of Routine Dynamics. Cambridge University Press.

Mendling, J., Berente, N., Seidel, S., & Grisold, T. 2021. Pluralism and Pragmatism in the Information Systems Field: The Case of Research on Business Processes and Organizational Routines. The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems.

Pentland, B. T., Vaast, E., & Wolf, R. 2021. Theorizing process dynamics with directed graphs: A diachronic analysis of digital trace data. MIS Quarterly, 45(2): 967–984.

Goh, K. T., & Pentland, B. T. 2019. From Actions to Paths to Patterning: Toward a Dynamic Theory of Patterning in Routines. Academy of Management Journal, 62(6): 1901–1992.


Information regarding Covid-19:

The conference chairs are monitoring how the situation around Covid-19 will develop and will decide accordingly whether the conference will take place physically, virtually, or as a combination of both.