21st International Conference on Business Process Management

Call for Doctoral Consortium

PhD students working in the area of Business Process Management (BPM) are invited to submit their proposals for participation in the BPM Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Sunday, 10 September, 2023, in conjunction with the 21st International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2023) in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • To provide PhD candidates with valuable feedback on their research proposals
  • To provide PhD candidates with helpful guidance on research methods and future work
  • To provide PhD candidates with opportunities to meet and interact with experienced researchers in the area of Business Process Management
  • To promote the development of a community of scholars including both peers and mentors for improving future careers

We welcome submissions on a wide range of topics related to BPM, specifically spanning different disciplines, such as information systems, computer science and organizational and management science. The PhD research topic must be already well-defined but could still benefit from open discussions on continuing the research. Research may target at increasing efficiency as well as innovativeness of organizations and ecosystems. There are no limits as to the topic and research methods per se. We expect that submissions are mature enough to contain a roadmap for the remainder of the PhD project .

Participants of the DC are asked to make a strong case for the relevance of their work for BPM research and practice. The PhD candidates of the accepted proposals are expected to present their research at the Doctoral Consortium and to discuss their plans with other PhD candidates and senior researchers. Participants will benefit from the advice of senior researchers in the field and from the interaction with peers being at a similar stage of their careers.


PhD students interested in engaging in detailed discussions on their research at the Doctoral Consortium are invited to submit an extended abstract that outlines their thesis work and clearly describes:

  • The research problem being addressed
  • The research methodology and techniques being applied
  • The (intended) solution being proposed, highlighting its uniqueness and its validity
  • The relation of the work to the state of the art in BPM research
  • The results achieved so far, open points forming a roadmap for the remainder of the PhD project, and problems identified threatening the method, results, or ambition.

The extended abstract should be discussed with and approved by the respective PhD supervisor before submission. It should be written in English and should adhere to CEURART submission formatting guidelines (for instructions and style sheets see https://ceurws.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/ceurws-publishes-ceurart-paper-style/). The length of the paper should be 5 pages (excluding the bibliography). It should be submitted to the Doctoral consortium track via the BPM 2023 Doctoral Consortium EasyChair Submission Website. Accepted submissions will be published as online CEUR proceedings. Questions may be directed at the Chairs through bpmdc2023@easychair.org.

Review Process

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Committee. The reviewers will assess each proposal based on its originality, its potential for advancing the BPM field, and whether the work is at a stage where the PhD candidate can benefit from participating in the consortium. All submissions will receive written feedback. Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained throughout the review process.


Authors will be notified of the result of their submission by 14 July 2023. Accepted doctoral candidates will receive instructions on how to submit a camera-ready copy of their proposal and will receive information on the preparation of the presentation (see “At the Conference” next).

Acceptance to the Doctoral Consortium is an honor. In turn, accepted candidates are expected to fully commit themselves to the success of the consortium by being open to new ideas and suggestions and providing ideas and suggestions to other participants. All accepted contributions will be circulated among the participants about one week before the consortium.

At the Conference

Accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral Consortium, which is a venue open only to participants. Attendance to the Doctoral Consortium is free of charge for the accepted students.

The Doctoral Consortium will provide a full-day program centered around helping PhD students find their path through their PhD project. PhD students will be working in smaller groups together with senior researchers. Each student will present her/his work with substantial time provided for discussions and questions by participating researchers and other students. Also, PhD students and senior researchers will join together to discuss experiences of doing a PhD project, share challenges faces, and to learn from each other about lessons, tricks, and tips learned. All participants are expected to attend every session of the consortium. Further instructions will be sent in the acceptance email.

Additionally, participants are encouraged to attend the main conference (registration fee for the main conference has to be covered by the participants).

Key Dates

  • Extended Abstract submission: June 14, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: July 14, 2023
  • Camera-ready copy: 14 August, 2023
  • Consortium: 10 September, 2023

Deadlines correspond to anywhere on earth (‘AoE’ or ‘UTC-12′)

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Dirk FahlandTU Eindhoven, The Netherland
  • Johan Versendaal, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht & Open University of the Netherlands
  • Barbara WeberUniversity of St. Gallen, Switzerland


  • To be announced