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Reconfiguring business processes in the new political and technological landscape

Special issue call for papers from Business Process Management Journal

Special issue call for papers from Business Process Management Journal
Reconfiguring business processes in the new political and technological landscape


Submission Due Date: November 30, 2017


Patrick Hennelly, Jag Srai, Gary Graham, Samuel Fosso Wamba


Digital supply chains are being used to inform new requirements for digital infrastructures and standards and the potential for connecting App & Device-aware consumers with their product-service supply chains (BCG, 2015). At the heart of digital supply chains are big data analytics and cloud-based sensor intelligence (Manyika et. al., 2011). It is therefore necessary to explore how big data, industrial internet of things and cloud computing will combine with alternative production processes such as continuous, additive, flexible/collaborative automation.  The emergence of digital technologies is driving innovations, in terms of ‘processes’, ‘products’ and ‘services’ (Anderson, 2013). This requires greater visibility, alignment and integration across an increasingly complex network of multiple partners, to deliver better ‘service outcomes’ and ‘customer experience’ (D’Aveni, 2015). Yet, very few empirical studies have been conducted to assess the real business value of digitalisation at the firm and supply chain levels, and its impact on BPM.


The main objective of this special issue is to collate and present recent research examinations in the field of digitalisation in global manufacturing, end-to-end supply chains, service operations and BPM. Its focus is on understanding new antecedents to supply chain digitalisation - human, machine, process, and information technology based - and their singular and combinatorial impacts on flexibility/ performance outcomes. In this Special Issue we are looking in particular at the operations management processes of supply chain digitalisation involving the supply of food, materials, energy and the production of numerous services and products. 


The topics to be discussed in this special issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • New theory development to explain the adoption and use of digital technologies in operations at the organizational and inter-organizational levels
  • Assessment of how firms in a supply chain create and capture business value with digital technologies.
  • Challenges related to digitalisation in end-to-end supply chain transformation: impact on BPM
  • Assessment of the enablers and implications of digitalisation on the design of future service supply networks and BPM.
  • Implications of digital technologies in BPM and achieving complete visibility across all data at multiple tiers of the supply chain
  • What new capabilities are required in terms of BPM, equipment, technology, systems, skills and attitudes?
  • Assessment of network transformations that manufacturing firms are undertaking to better realise the opportunities of new products, markets and technologies.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for this special thematic issue on Reconfiguring business processes in the new political and technological landscape on or before November 30, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at: prior to submission at:


Business processes are a fundamental building block of organizational success. Even though effectively managing business process is a key activity for business prosperity, there remain considerable gaps in understanding how to drive efficiency through a process approach. Building a clear and deep understanding of the range process, how they function, and how to manage them is the major challenge facing modern business.
Business Process Management Journal (BPMJ) examines how a variety of business processes intrinsic to organizational efficiency and effectiveness are integrated and managed for competitive success. BPMJ builds a deep appreciation of how to manage business processes effectively by disseminating best practice. Coverage includes:

  • BPM in eBusiness, eCommerce and eGovernment
  • Web-based enterprise application integration
  • Knowledge management and learning organization
  • Methodologies, techniques and tools of BPM, analysis and design
  • Techniques of moving from one-shot business process re-engineering to continuous improvement
  • Best practices in BPM
  • Performance management
  • Tools and techniques of change management and BPM
  • BPM case studies

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Majed Al-Mashari, King Saud University, Dept. of Information Systems, College of Comp & Info Sci., PO Box 51178, Riyadh 11543, Saudi Arabia

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Patrick Hennelly – (Lead Guest Editor)
E-mail: [email protected]

All manuscript submissions to the special issue should be sent through the online submission system:

Patrick Hennelly: Patrick is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. He is currently completing his PhD in management from Leeds University Business School, his PhD focuses on relationship formation in the UK offshore wind, UK steel and UK textile industries. He has an MSc (First Class) in logistics and supply chain management from the University of Hull Logistics Institute. Patrick has assisted in the selection and management of papers, reviewers as well as the preparation of the editorial for four special issues of Futures, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Production Planning and Control and SCM: An International Journal on the Smart Cities and Operations Management theme. He has presented conference papers at Cambridge’s Annual International Manufacturing Symposium and the annual European Decision Science Institute Conference. Patrick co-ordinates the Future Cities and Community Resilience Network external link (a membership of 60 international scholars, manufacturers, supply chain managers and community workers. He has taught operations and supply chain management modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Leeds University Business School. His research interests lie in the areas of supply chain management, distributed manufacturing and smart city production systems.

Jag Srai: Jag is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge where he completed his PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management. His research work and that of his group involves working closely with Industry in the analysis, design and operation of international production, supply and service networks. Current research areas include global value network analysis, service network integration, supply network resilience, sustainable industrial systems network design, and the development of new forms of supply network that support emerging industries. Research projects are cross-sector in nature but include supply network and industry transformations linked to specific challenges within Pharmaceuticals, Food, Automotive and Aerospace.

Gary Graham: His work to date focuses on the impact of the internet and digital technologies on supply chains, logistics and distribution operations. He has authored three books, thirty research papers and has worked on ESRC/EPSRC, British Academy, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and EU research grants investigating the economic and social consequences of disruptive innovation on the music, news media and information intensive sectors. His recent work focuses on the deployment of creative ethnographic “bridging techniques”.  This includes both between business and users and universities and communities.

Samuel Fosso Wamba: is Full Professor at Toulouse Business School, France. Prior, he was Associate Professor at NEOMA Business School, Senior lecturer at the School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT), University of Wollongong, Australia. He earned an MSc in mathematics, from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, an MSc in e-commerce from HEC Montreal, Canada, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, from the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada. His current research focuses on business value of IT, business analytics, big data, inter-organisational system (e.g., RFID technology) adoption and use, e-government (e.g., open data), supply chain management, electronic commerce and mobile commerce. He has published papers in a number of international conferences and journals including European Journal of Information Systems, Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Production Economics, Information Systems Frontiers, Business Process Management Journal, Proceedings of the IEEE, AMCIS, HICSS, ICIS, and PACIS. He is organizing special issues on IT related topics for the Business Process Management Journal, Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Medical Systems, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, Production Planning & Control, and International Journal of Operations & Production Management.


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  • Boston Consulting Group (2015). Industry 4.0: The future of productivity and growth in manufacturing industries.
  • D'Aveni, R. (2015). The 3-D revolution. Harvard Business Review, 93 (5): 40-48.
  • Manyika, J., Chui,. M., Brown, B., Bughin, J., Dobbs, R., Roxburgh, C., & Byers, A. H. (2011). Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. McKinsey Global Institute