Software Business


Third International Conference on Software Business, Cambridge, MA, 18-20 Jun 2012, Chair Michael Cusumano; Deadline 21 Jan

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2nd Call for Papers – 3 weeks to submit
Third International Conference on Software Business
June 18-20, 2012, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Theme: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Software 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. In particular, software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers. New developments like Apps that run on pre-existing platforms have emerged as a major force and are creating what is being labeled as the App Economy.

Call for Papers:

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

  • Software Development and Product Management
    • Software engineering management and productivity
    • Software quality, benchmarking and strategic management
    • Economic aspects of engineering of e.g. requirements, testing, design
    • Software product management, product life-cycles and product-line strategy
    • Return on investment from software engineering process improvements
    • Pricing strategies
  • Software Platforms and Ecosystems
    • Dynamics of software ecosystems: networks, ecologies, communities
    • Mobile APIs and platform competition
    • Mobile apps and business models
    • Managing complementors and external innovation
  • Organizational Transformation
    • Business impact of the Cloud, SaaS, PaaS and managed services
    • IPR, copyrights, innovation management and software assets
    • Impact of new revenue generation models, e.g., ads, subscriptions, term licenses
    • Current issues in operational efficiency, lean enterprise and competitive advantage
    • Internal software business processes
    • A look at future resources and competences for the software business
  • Industry Transformation
    • Increasing verticalization of some software markets
    • Impact of industry evolution and technological change, e.g. mobile, on-demand, cloud
    • Open-source software business and management
    • Empirical research issues in software business and management
    • Issues in user experience, security and "green" software
    • Internationalization of software firms and outsourcing
  • Emerging Trends in Technology and Entrepreneurship
    • Mobile apps and app stores
    • Software game business
    • SaaS and Cloud-based enterprise software startups
    • Economics of new business models for software startups


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. For details and updates visit

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission: Jan 21, 2012
  • Workshop & tutorial proposal submission: Dec 1, 2012
  • Notification: Mar 1, 2012
  • Camera-Ready: Mar 12, 2012
  • Conference: Jun 18-20, 2012

Conference Officers:

General Chair

  • Michael Cusumano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Program Chairs

  • Bala Iyer, Babson College
  • N. Venkatraman, Boston 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
  • Björn Regnell, Lund University
  • Inge van de Weerd, Utrecht University

Program Commitee

  • Aybuke Aurum, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Carliss Baldwin, Harvard Business School, USA
  • Jan Bosch, Intuit, USA
  • Peter Buxmann, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • David Callele, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Joao Falcao e Cunha, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
  • Chris Dellarocas, Boston University, USA
  • Christof Ebert, Vector Consulting, Germany
  • Marko van Eekelen, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Samuel Fricker, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Leah Goldin, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel
  • Volker Gruhn, Ruhr Institute for Software Technology, Germany
  • Thomas Hess, LMU München, Germany
  • Patrick Heymans, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Martin Höst, Lund University, Sweden
  • Marco Iansiti, Harvard Business School, USA
  • Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Lena Johansson, Sony Ericsson, Sweden
  • Epaminondas Kapetanios, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Marjo Kauppinen, Aalto University, Finland
  • Chris F. Kemerer, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Benn Konsynski, Emory University, USA
  • Olli Kuivalainen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Casper Lassenius, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
  • Nazim Madhavji, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Rod McNaughton, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Sten Minör, Software Innovation and Engineering Institute, Sweden
  • Oscar Pastor, Techn. University of Valencia, Spain
  • Jan Pawlowski, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Karl-Michael Popp, SAP, Germany
  • T. Ravichandran, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Camile Salinesi, University of Paris, France
  • Melissa Schilling, New York University, USA
  • Rick Selby, Northrop Grumman Corporation, USA
  • Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Dan Stan, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Tony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Claudia Werner, Federal University Rio, Brasil
  • Claes Wohlin, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Stan Wrycza, University of Gdansk, Poland

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