BPM Winter School 2020/21

The “BPM Winter School 2020/21” is a joint event of the Hilti Chair for Business Process Management at the Institute for Information Systems of the University of Liechtenstein with chairs in the ERCIS network.

During the one-week block course, about 60 students from all over the world will gain insights into the state-of-the-art of business process management. In addition to a block week (22.02.-26.02.), the course consists of participation in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on business process management with subsequent exam, the presentation of a practical case and the preparation of a seminar paper that matches the presentations of the universities. The block week is jointly organized by all participating chairs and deals with many aspects of digital transformation via Business Process Management.


The number of participants is limited. To apply for this module, please send a short letter of motivation (1/2 page) to johannes.tenschert@fau.de. Applications should be submitted by 18.12.2020 12:00. Questions regarding registration or other crediting possibilities can be addressed by e-mail.

Block Course

The topics of the block week will be presented by some of the most renowned BPM researchers.

Topic Presenter
Process Science Prof. Dr. Jan vom Brocke, University of Liechtenstein
Organizational Routines Prof. Dr. Daniel Beverungen, University of Paderborn
Process Mining Prof. Dr. Martin Matzner, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Process Performance Prof. Dr. Adela del Rio-Ortega, University of Seville
Robotic Process Automation Prof. Dr. Ralf Plattfaut, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences
Business Process Management at the Hilti AG tbd
Process Complexity Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Ethics in Business Process Management Dr. Katrin Bergener, University of Münster


Unfortunately, the event cannot take place in Liechtenstein as planned. Participation fees for travel expenses and accommodation are therefore also waived. We are aiming for a very interactive block week with a joint event, i.e. we are not planning a “zoom conference”.

Course content

The module provides a deep insight into the state-of-the-art in business process management. Participation in the Fundamentals of BPM MOOC and the presentation of a case study eliminates the prerequisites for participation. The course includes:

  • BPM Winter School block week 22.02.-26.02.2021 with presentations in (amongst others):
    • Robotic Process Automation
    • Process Performance
    • Process Mining
    • Process Complexity
    • Organizational Routines
    • Ethics in BPM
  • Preparatory self-study: Fundamentals of BPM MOOC
    • Participation in MOOC before block week
    • Written exam (60 minutes)
  • Preparatory self-study: Case study presentation
    • Focus on information systems
    • Joint presentation
  • In-depth project work on selected topics of business process management
    • Oriented on topics of the block week and own wishes
    • Focus according to desired crediting as seminar (see below)

Learning Goals & Competencies

The students

  • know the principles of business process management and the BPM life cycle
  • gain in-depth knowledge on selected topics of business process management
  • understand the opportunities and challenges that business process management deals with in practice and research
  • know the principles of business process management and the BPM life cycle

Integration into model curriculum

The adjustment is carried out via learning agreements of the Chair of Information Systems 2 (Prof. Bodendorf) and the Chair of Digital Industrial Service Systems (Prof. Matzner).

Students who have not yet attended Process and Information Management (5 ECTS) can get credit for the participation with a learning agreement as Process and Information Management by self-study of the Fundamentals of BPM MOOC and subsequent exam and presentation of the case study. A further prerequisite for crediting is full participation in the block week.

Die vertiefende Projektarbeit zu ausgewählten Themen des Geschäftsprozessmanagements kann wahlweise als Forschungsmethodisches Seminar (5 ECTS) oder IT-gestützte Prozessautomatisierung (5 ECTS) angerechnet werden. Der Fokus für das konkrete Thema der Projektarbeit orientiert sich an der Wahl der Anrechnung. Eine vertiefende Projektarbeit und Teilnahme an der Blockwoche wird für die Teilnahme an der Business Process Management Winter School erwartet.

The in-depth project work on selected topics of business process management can be credited either as a Research Methodology Seminar (5 ECTS) or IT-Based Process Automation (5 ECTS). The focus for the concrete topic of the project work is based on the choice of credit. An in-depth project work and participation in the block week is expected for participation in the BPM Winter School.