Call for Papers

The 8th International Conference on Software Business will be held in Essen, Germany, and co-located with the 29th CAiSE conference. This year’s ICSOB is focused on software startups and their role in scientific research, besides the more traditional topics. ICSOB is organized for the first time this year along topical tracks with track chairs that manage each track.

Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact on productivity and GDP growth globally. There is a noticeable spillover within other industries (e.g. manufacturing) enabling new business models. Software business refers to commercial activities in and around the software industry aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and services.

Conference theme: Startups in Research

Although the business of software shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherently unique features. It is making it a challenging domain for research. The examples of many successful companies show that software provides unique benefit to its users. Moreover, software has spread all over the world and has permeated in many industries, which are not usual for software. In particular, software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers or a unique experience to their users.

ICSOB 2017 intends to attract researchers and practitioners who are concerned with software business in different ways. 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.

We welcome both research and industry papers to the conference. The papers should be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other conference or journal. We are looking for short position and practice papers that provide insights on the life cycle management of software products and industry case studies as well as full research papers describing novel approaches to software business for software products and services. Please find the track and suggested (but not limited to) topic list below:

Software Ecosystems and App Stores – Konstantinos Manikas

  • Software ecosystem health
  • Ecosystem orchestration and governance
  • App economy
  • Repository mining
  • Actor and software supply network analysis
  • Ecosystem incentives and business model analysis

Software Business Development – Arto Ojala

  • Business models of cloud computing and software intensive services
  • Business models of software companies
  • Economics of software companies
  • Internationalization
  • Outsourcing, global and cultural aspects of software business
  • Licensing, intellectual property and patent issues

Continuous Improvement – Helena Holmstrom Olsson

  • Software product management
  • Effects of business models on software development
  • Continuous delivery
  • Agile methods for product development

Platform Governance – Thomas Kude

  • Platform ecosystems
  • Digital platforms and matchmakers
  • Platform-based value co-creation
  • Formal and informal platform governance
  • Mobile software business trends
  • Mergers and acquisition in the software industry

Software Startups – Xiaofeng Wang

  • Environment success factors for software business and startups
  • Software startup processes
  • Disruptive innovation and adoption of startups
  • Managing startup growth
  • Research dissemination through startups

New Ideas and General Track – Slinger Jansen

  • Games and gamification
  • Impact on megatrends (e.g. customization) on software business
  • Software business education
  • Software business today and in the future
  • Disruptive software business models
  • Software business related topics that are not suitable to other tracks

Doctoral Consortium – Christopher Jud (organized as a poster session)

  • All PhD topics that are related to software business

You are very welcome to submit your papers to one of these tracks via the EasyChair submission system:

* Important Dates *

Full paper submissions: 12 March 2017
Notification of acceptance: 7 April 2017
Camera-ready copies: 18 April 2017
Conference: 12-13 June 20

* Submission Formats *

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format and should not exceed 15 pages, including all text, figures, references and appendices. Submissions not conforming to the LNCS format, exceeding 15 pages, or being obviously out of the scope of the conference, will be rejected without review. Information about the Springer LNCS format can be found at Three to five keywords characterizing the paper should be indicated at the end of the abstract. The type of paper (technical/empirical evaluation/experience/exploratory paper) should be indicated in the submission. Submission is done through Easychair.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted papers will be presented at ICSOB ’17 and published in the conference proceedings, which is published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

* Organizing Committee *

Conference Chair:

Arto Ojala, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

* Steering Committee *

Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

João M. Fernandes, University of Minho, Portugal

Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, the Netherlands (chair)

Casper Lassenius, Aalto University, Finland

Eetu Luoma, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Ricardo J. Machado, University of Minho, Portugal

Tiziana Margaria, University of Limerick & Lero, Ireland

Björn Regnell, Lund University, Sweden

Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Krzysztof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Anna Lena Lamprecht, LERO Institute, Ireland

Andrey Maglyas, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland