Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Pearls of Business Process Management (Sommersemester 2014)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske (Business Process Technology)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 1.4.2014 - 28.4.2014
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering BA


Business Process Management (BPM) is the discipline which accumulates knowledge from IT and management sciences and applies it to operational business processes. Due to its potential for significant increase in productivity and saving costs, BPM has received considerable attention over last decades. This has resulted in an abundance of software which supports BPM. Such software is driven by explicit process designs to enact and manage operational business processes. 

The main objective of the seminar is to provide the students with opportunities to study in depth a selected direction of BPM. The students will be offered to choose an article on BPM, a “Pearl”, which has a high citation index and which has got much attention from the community. For deepening the obtained knowledge and understanding the practical use of BPM approaches, the students will be asked to implement a small prototype on the problem presented in the article.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • Workflow patterns analysis
  • Workflow simulation
  • Process language mappings
  • Service composition
  • Business process improvement
  • Flexible processes etc.

Presentation of topics can be found here and in Materialien-Ordner. 

Introduction Lecture I (How to give scientific presentations?) is here and in Materialien-Ordner.


The seminar is organized for Master students, who have a sufficient background in software programming. The seminar will be held in English.


The presentation of topics and corresponding literature is here and in Materialien-Ordner. 


Following the introductory meeting, the seminar will proceed with the enrollment procedures and assigning topics to students. Apart from that, students will be given two presentations on the enhancement of their presentation skills and on writing a scientific paper. 

For each student, individual supervisors - experts in the selected topics – will be appointed. Such approach will allow a flexible scheduling of meetings of supervisors and students, so that there will be no regular group meetings during the semester. At the end of semester, the students are expected to present the analysis of the paper and the developed prototype.  


07.04.2014 Presentation of Topics, @ HS3
14.04.2014Application Deadline for Topics
28.04.2014 Registration Deadline Studienreferat
28.04.2014Introduction Lecture I (How to give scientific presentations?), @ HS3
12.05.2014Introduction Lecture II (How to write scientific papers?), @ C-2.9
June 2014 Technical Presentation, @ BPTChair
23.06.2014Paper Submission
30.06.2014Paper Review Submission
July 2014 Final Presentation, @ BPTChair
28.07.2014Final Paper and Prototype Submission