Emergence of and in (self-)organizing work systems


From articulation of work knowledge to System Design



Stefan Oppl,
Chris Stary; 
Department of Business Information Systems, University of Linz


The continuous increase and recognition of complexity in societal systems has led to fundamental changes in organizational development and work place design. Hereby, both, the engagement of stakeholders, and (re-)visiting design methodologies and their engineering capabilities tend to play a crucial role. The track invites contributions from system theory, work and cognitive sciences, as well as from engineering disciplines to reflect on capabilities for organizing work systems taking into account social and technical dynamics in complex (adaptive) systems. Findings can be considered from theoretical and practical positions. Of particular interest are practical applications grounded in system theories related to human behavior, stimulating discussion from both perspectives.

Subjects and scope

Emergent system behavior concerns a variety of issues related to developing and organizing (socio-technical) work systems. We solicit contributions to interdisciplinary research that integrate different paradigms, levels of abstractions, concept and theories, applications and domains. Topics include, but are not limited to

  • Paradigm shifts
  • Systemic design thinking
  • Socio-economic system design
  • Socio-technical system thinking
  • Design engineering
  • Development models / Life cycles
  • Evolutionary design
  • Governance and emergence
  • Organizing knowledge about systems


We plan several formats, such as round table, interactive playground, dialog, input presentation, world café, and contributions referring to generic approaches, e.g., stemming from Complex Adaptive Systems theory, and concrete developments, such as business process-based knowledge acquisition by means of socio-technical instruments.

The conference track will have several parts:

  1. Presentation and reflection sessions (including Q&A)
  2. Cognitive playground for hand-/brain-on experience from the field


Contributors are invited to submit an extended abstract with links and references. The authors whose abstracts are selected by the scientific committee will be invited to present their work in the paper session and to participate in the event actively.

Following the conference, selected authors will be invited to submit their full paper for a special issue of the Springer’s Journal of Interaction Science. The full paper will be subject to a peer-review according to the standards of the journal.

Scientific committee

  • Michael Prilla, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Ebba Þóra Hvannberg, University of Iceland
  • Anke Dittmar, University of Rostock
  • Alexander Nolte, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • John Krogstie, NTNU
  • Carmelo Ardito, University of Bari
  • Giuseppe Desolda, University of Bari
  • Peter Forbrig, University of Rostock



Important Dates

Submission deadline: 27 February 2015
Notification of acceptance: 20 March 2015