Software Business


Second International Conference on Software Business, Brussels, 8-10 Jun 2011, General Chair August-Wilhelm Scheer; Deadline 15 Jan

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Call for Papers (DL Jan 15, 2011)

Second International Conference on Software Business
June 8.-10. 2011, Brussels, Belgium

Managing Software Innovation for Tomorrow’s Business

Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact not only on productivity and on GDP growth globally, but also on our daily work and life. Software business refers to commercial activities in the software industry, aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and software services. Although the software business shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherent features making it a challenging domain for research. The Second International Conference on Software Business brings together researchers with a specific focus on the business of software.

Relevant topics:

You are invited to submit papers addressing contemporary issues emerging on the intersection of the software and business domains. Both papers reporting research results and industrial experiences are welcome. Invited are original submissions on the topics including, but not limited to:

  • Software business management and profitability
  • Software engineering management and productivity
  • Software quality, benchmarking and strategic management
  • Software ecosystems: networks, ecologies and communities
  • Open source software business and management
  • IPR, copyrights, innovation management and software assets
  • Empirical research in software business and management
  • Return on investment of software engineering process improvements
  • Economical aspects of engineering of e.g. requirements, testing, design
  • Software product management, product life-cycles and product-lines
  • User experience, security and green software
  • Business in Cloud, SaaS, PaaS and managed services
  • Business models and strategies of software vendors
  • Revenue generation models, e.g. advertisements, subscriptions etc
  • Resources and competences in software business
  • Internationalization of software firms, international outsourcing
  • Vertical software markets, Impact of industry evolution
  • Internal software business processes and product pricing
  • Operational efficiency, lean enterprise and competitive advantage
  • Domain engineering for software business

In addition, ICSOB also provides an Industry Track for the exchange of innovative experiences that are worthwhile to be shared in the software industry. Details can be found at


Full research papers (12 pages), short papers (6 pages), industrial track presentations (abstract) and posters are all welcome. Accepted full papers and short papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer as a volume in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series (if at least one author of the paper attends the conference and present the paper). You may also submit tutorial proposals and workshop proposals to the conference.

Important Dates:

Paper submission: Jan 15, 2011
Workshop & tutorial proposal submission: Jan 15, 2011
Notification: Feb 21, 2011
Camera-Ready: Mar 12, 2011
Conference: June 8-10, 2011

Conference Officers

General Chair:

August-Wilhelm Scheer, Saarland University

Program Chairs:

Björn Regnell, Lund University
Inge van de Weerd, Utrecht University

Steering Committee:

Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Pekka Abrahamsson,University of Helsinki
Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä

Local Organizing Chair:

Olga DeTroyer, Vrije Univerisiteit Brussel, Belgium

Program Committee:

Aybuke Aurum, Jan Bosch, Peter Buxmann, David Callele, Erran Carmel, Michael Cusumano, Jaelson Freire de Castro, Michel Chaudron, Joao Falcao e Cunha, Daniela Damian, Ernesto Damiani, Christof Ebert, Marko van Eekelen, Samuel Fricker, Leah Goldin, Tony Gorschek, Volker Gruhn, Thomas Hess, Patrick Heymans, Martin Höst, Slinger Jansen, Epaminondas Kapetanios, Lena Karlsson, Marjo Kauppinen, Olli Kuivalainen, Patricia Lago, Casper Lassenius, Nazim Madhavji, Michele Marchesi, Rod McNaughton, Sten Minör, Peter Axel Nielsen, Oscar Pastor, Jan Pawlowski, Klaus Pohl, Karl-Michael Popp, Austen Rainer, Per Runeson, Motoshi Saeki, Camile Salinesi, Pete Sawyer, Steve Sawyer, Kari Smolander, Dan Stan, Pasi Tyrvaïnen, Vasudeva Varma, Hans van Vliet, Tony Wasserman, Claudia Werner, Claes Wohlin, Stan Wrycza

Updated information and further details are available at,

where also the invitation to submit tutorial proposals and workshop proposals can be found. Please, send emails with further questions to