Business & Information Systems Engineering

About This Journal

Here, you can find information about the journal Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), particularly with respect to the following topics:

Self-conception and objectives

The journal Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) has its roots in the journal WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK, which became the most important publication of the German-language BISE community during the last 50 years. The journal’s self-conception is to be the central publication of the fast growing and coalescing international BISE community. Therefore, it provides a unique platform for high quality design science-oriented research and addresses all techno-economically oriented readers and authors.

The journal’s objective is to cement its competitive position as a prominent journal of the BISE community and reinforce that status through quality improvements and extending its readership. In addition, the journal seeks to establish design-science oriented research within the global arena, secure a lasting position and reputation in the global BISE community, and foster constructive dialogue among the discipline’s differing international models. Therefore, the journal aims at further developing the theoretical foundations of action in order to preserve sustainable approaches despite tempestuous technical development. Besides, the journal aspires to promote technology transfer in order to make better solutions available faster and to considerably reduce costs of system design and operation. The central mission is to develop, promote, and shape the BISE discipline for the benefit of its members and society.

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International orientation

To stay abreast of the BISE community’s increasing international integration and to provide a unique platform for design science-oriented research, the journal Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) is simultaneously and identically – in the sense of a cover-to-cover translation – published in English and German since issue 1/2009.

Manuscripts can be submitted in English or German. In the case of acceptance, they will be translated in close cooperation of the authors and a professional team of translators. Thus, they always appear bilingually.

Further information regarding the internationalization strategy of Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) and WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK can be found in the editorial of the journal’s 50 th anniversary edition 1/2009.

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Scientific profile and target audience

The journal Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) publishes original articles that report new, quality-assured research results and cutting-edge business practice findings that can be applied more broadly. Articles come from the BISE sector, including the areas of information management, applied computer science, business administration, and economics (providing that they address modern concepts and solutions relating to information and communication systems or analyze the development of the information society), new media, and operations research. Articles present theories, methods, tools, and intersubjectively verifiable findings on information and communication systems. The journal also covers important peripheral areas if developments in the narrower sphere of BISE are substantially effected. For example, we cover the impact of computer science on business, individuals, and society as well as issues of training and further education.

The journal addresses the entire techno-economically oriented community focusing on design science-oriented research, which is both rigorously conduced and relevant to business practice. The journal’s target audience comprises all authors and readers who deal with BISE-related issues either from a (rather) economic or technical perspective. This includes industrial engineers and colleagues of applied computer science.

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Editorial Board and Advisory Board

Besides the Editor-in-Chief Martin Bichler, a multitude of international experts from science and business practice participates as reviewers or editorial staff in order to select and amend articles as well as to compile information for Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE). BISE’s editorial board contains about 45 members who review articles, organize special focus issues, and further develop the journal as regards content and strategy. A quarter of the editors stems from business practice, another quarter from non-German-speaking countries. The editorial board is continually renewed through limited-term appointments and periodic new elections to ensure representation by a broad spectrum of the community. As from issue 1/2009, an Advisory Board – including internationally renowned academics – gives advice and practical support.

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Publication details

The journal has been published since 1959 under the following names:

  • 1959-1970, volume 1 to 12: elektronische datenverarbeitung,
  • 1971-1989, volume 13 to 31: Angewandte Informatik,
  • 1990-2008, volume 32 to 50: WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK,
  • since 2009, volume 51: WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK (German),
  • since 2009, volume 1: Business & Information Systems Engineering (English).

BISE publishes six issues per year. Issues 1, 3, and 5 usually are devoted to special topics. At irregular intervals, the journal publishes issues on topics and events of interest to a wider general public.

In addition, subscribers to BISE and WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK can access the entire content in English and in German and the online archives of both scientific journals via their newly designed Internet portals ( http://www.bise-journal.org/ and http://www.wirtschaftsinformatik.de/ ). The contents are also available via http://www.springerlink.com/ .

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Section and Department Structure

The journal Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) mainly publishes original research papers. The section BISE – Research Paper splits into the following departments, each of which is staffed by at least two department editors from different countries and/or continents:

Department 1: Business Engineering and Theories of BISE Design

Description: The department combines two areas: (1) the design and engineering of organizational systems and (2) the reflection of business and information systems engineering. (1) Design and engineering of organizational systems advance work systems in order to increase value creation, effectiveness, and/or efficiency. Furthermore, systematically engineered work systems provide the foundation of information systems engineering. The design and engineering of organizational systems can be – among others – approached from an activity perspective, from a result representation perspective, from a financial, a cultural, a communication perspective, etc. Organizational artifacts include strategic positioning, services, goals, metrics, outputs, control and information flows, responsibilities, and many more. (2) While the design and engineering of useful innovative artifacts is designated as design research, design science reflects artifact construction and provides construction guidelines, evaluation standards, engineering procedure models, mechanisms for design artifact situation, etc.

Exemplary topics: (1) Business modeling, business networking, IT-enabled innovation, IT-enabled agility, process optimization, enterprise architecture, information logistics, project & change management; (2) BISE design research process, BISE design evaluation guidelines, BISE morphology, method engineering, reference modeling, ontologies

Department 2: Information Systems Engineering

Description: Information systems engineering deals with the modeling and the technical underpinnings of computer-based automation as well as with the interaction within and among enterprises and the private sector. Modeling, designing, and evaluating organizational artifacts for the ongoing informatization of enterprises and the observable de-perimetrization enable novel distributed applications. Preplanned and ad hoc interaction of communicating processes are the challenges of future computing infrastructures – such as Service-oriented Architectures (SOA), Cloud Computing or the evolution of social networks for business use. Secondary support services ensure compliance to rules within a ubiquitous service society. Summing up, the department addresses micro-level topics such as the design of single application systems, macro-level topics such as the design of application system landscapes as well as corporate- and societal-level topics such as standardization, compliance, security, and electronic contracting from a build-time perspective.

Exemplary topics: Requirements engineering, technologies of BPM, novel applications, business intelligence, social networks, IS standardization, IS/software architecture, IS development methodologies, IT compliance, IT security

Department 3: Information Systems Management & Operations

Description: Information systems management & operations takes on a run-time perspective on application systems and infrastructure. It thus complements the information systems engineering department. Analogous, this includes micro-level topics such as the management of single application systems along their lifecycle, macro-level topics such as the management of application system landscapes or data centers as well as corporate-level topics such as IT governance, IT organization, or IT strategy.

Exemplary topics: IT operations management, IT governance, IT controlling, IT organization, IT strategy

Department 4: Theories for BISE

Description: The department “theories for BISE” examines the key elements of information systems as well as the corporate information systems function. The inter-relationship between functions, people and information technology will be explored from an organizational and technical perspective. The resulting theoretical concepts, models, or theories describe or explain real-world phenomena and serve as an indispensable input for the design of organizational and technical artifacts. In contrast to the neighboring departments, contributions will predominantly apply empirical research methods.

Exemplary topics: Diffusion and adoption of IS, productivity and value creation through IS, individual, organizational and market impact of IS, task-technology and human-technology fit models, individual and organizational behavior related to IS, cultural aspects of IS design, deployment and use, theories for management of IS and IT

Besides, the journal is organized into the following sections:

  • BISE – State of the Art : The aim of the section BISE – State of the Art is to provide concise, unbiased overviews of current scientific knowledge, lists of significant literature sources, and new figures in the field. All articles published in this section also undergo thorough quality assurance and a double-blind peer review prior to publication.
  • BISE – Profile : The section BISE – Profile presents the views of high-profile academics and practitioners on current BISE topics.
  • BISE – Discussion : The section BISE – Discussion offers commentaries on important BISE topics in form of dialogues, including interviews on interesting topics in more detail than in other sections.
  • BISE – Catchword : The section BISE – Catchword takes up current topics and developments in the BISE fields and presents them in concise form. The articles typically illustrate the respective catchword’s relevance to BISE, its current status, the fields of application, and anticipated developments.
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