Call for PhD Proposals

The submission deadline for all BPM 2010 events has passed. Please consider submitting your work to the 2011 BPM Conference in Clermont Ferrand.

Doctoral Consortium – Call for Proposals

Researchers working toward a Ph.D. in the area of Business Process Management (BPM) are invited to submit proposals for participation in a Doctoral Consortium to be held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Business Process Management to be held at Hoboken on the banks of the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan on Saturday and Sunday September 11-12, 2010.

Eligible candidates will have begun but not completed their dissertations. We welcome submissions representing a broad spectrum of research areas relevant to BPM and from a range of disciplines ranging from computer science to behavioral and organizational science. Consortium participants will benefit from the advice of senior researchers in the field and interaction with peers at a similar stage of their careers.

Important Details

  • Submission: May 1, 2010
  • Notification: May 15,  2010
  • Camera Ready: July 31, 2010
  • Submission Format: Single document containing a four-page extended abstract in Extended Abstract format, CV, and one-paragraph statement of mutual benefits. A letter of recommendation from your advisor should be submitted separately by sending e-mail directly to the chairs at by the May 1 due date.
  • At the Conference: Accepted submissions will be presented both at the Doctoral Consortium, which is a venue open only to participants, and as a poster at the conference.

Message from the Doctoral Consortium Chairs

The BPM 2010 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers.

This is the first time a Doctoral Consortium is held in conjunction with the BPM conference. We will do our utmost to provide a friendly and supportive environment and to encourage a lively exchange of information and ideas that will help shape the BPM field over the next decade.

We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. Candidates need not have defended their proposals before the submission deadline. Students who will have completed their dissertations by December 2010 will not be accepted.

Doctoral Consortium Chair

Edward A. Stohr, Stevens Institute of Technology

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Doctoral Consortium Objectives

  • Provide helpful guidance on students’ current research and future research directions
  • Promote a spirit of collaborative research and the development of a community of scholars that will help individual students in their future careers as well as the the BPM field as a whole
  • Contribute positively to the BPM conference through interaction with other researchers

The Consortium will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th 2010. About 10 doctoral students will be invited to participate. Applicants who are selected will receive complimentary conference registration, and a limited, partial reimbursement of ground travel, accommodation, and subsistence (i.e., food) expenses.

Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

Current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research should submit a single PDF file consisting of:

  1. A 4-page (1 ½ line space 11- or 12-point font) extended abstract in English of your thesis work clearly specifying:
    • Originality of the work
    • Relationship of the work to fundamental issues and themes in BPM
    • Research methodology
    • Results to date and their validity
    • Expected contribution of the work to BPM
    • The extended abstract should be preceded by a cover page containing:
      1. Dissertation title
      2. Stage of dissertation work (e.g., proposal defended or not) and expected dissertation completion date
      3. Candidate’s name, university affiliation and contact information
      4. Faculty advisor’s name, title, university affiliation and contact information
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits from your participation in the workshop
  4. A letter of recommendation from your primary dissertation advisor. This letter should contain a brief overview of your dissertation work and its importance, an explanation of how you will benefit from participation in the consortium, and an explanation of your status in the dissertation process at your institution (e.g., thesis proposal defended).

All materials except the recommendation letter should be posted (as a single PDF file) by midnight (EST) on May 1st, 2010 to the BPM 2010 Submission Web site:
Your file should be named lastname_dc.pdf, where lastname is your family name. The file must be no larger than 5 Mbytes in size.

The recommendation letter, as a text file, should be sent via email to by midnight (EST) on May 1st, 2010. Please ask your advisor to put “reference for” and your name in the e-mail subject line. Plain text recommendations are preferred. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to you and to your advisor.

Doctoral Consortium Review Process

Participants in the Consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee. In reviewing your application, the committee will take into account its originality, its potential for advancing the BPM field, and whether the work is at a stage where you can benefit from participation in the consortium.

Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained throughout the review process.

We are unlikely to accept more than two students from the same institution.

Because of the competitive nature of the review process and limited space in the consortium, it is only to be expected that some very worthy applications will be rejected.

Upon Acceptance for the Doctoral Consortium

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on May 15, 2010, or shortly after.

Accepted doctoral candidates will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy, and will receive information about presentation and poster preparation, registering for the conference at our cost, and travel arrangements and reimbursement details. All such benefits are contingent on attending all sessions of the two-day Doctoral Consortium.

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.

At the Conference

All participants are expected to attend every session on both days of the Consortium, including a group dinner on the first day. Each student will present his or her work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students.