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Class Notes: The BPM curriculum revisited

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With his colleagues, Stefan Seidel and Sanja Tumbas at the University of Liechtenstein, Jan vom Brocke set about to update a 2012 Column, Class Notes: BPM Research and Education—How was School Today? In this Column, the authors describe the three major archetypes of BPM education and emphasize the need to teach BPM as a problem-solving discipline that drives innovation in a digital world.

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Jan vom Brocke, Stefan Seidel, and Sanja Tumbas

Jan vom Brocke is head of the BPM group in Liechtenstein. He is Professor of Information Systems, the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management, and Director of the Institute of Information Systems. He is Founder and Co-Director of the award-winning Master Program in Information Systems with Majors in Business Process Management and Data Science and Director of the PhD Program in Information and Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein(see: Since 2012 he has been appointed Vice-President of the University of Liechtenstein responsible for research and innovation, re-elected in 2015. Jan has over 15 years of experience in IT and BPM projects and he has published more than 300 papers in reknowned outlets, including MIS Quarterly (MISQ), the Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), and the Business Process Management Journal (BPMJ). He has authored and edited 29 books, including Business Process Management – Driving Innovation in a Digital World and Green BPM – Towards the Sustainable Enterprise, and the International Handbook on Business Process Management. Jan is an invited speaker and trusted advisor on BPM serving many organizations around the world. You can contact and follow Jan via his website:
Stefan Seidel is Associate Professor at the Institute of Information Systems at the
University of Liechtenstein. Stefan’s main research interest is in how information systems (IS) can contribute to better business processes and, ultimately, improved social welfare. To this end, his current research mainly concerns IS-enabled organizational and societal transformation, organizational creativity and innovation, and green IS. Stefan’s work has been appeared in major peer-reviewed journals (e.g., MIS Quarterly or Journal of Association for Information Systems) and he is co-editor and co-author of the book Green Business Process Management – Towards the
Sustainable Enterprise. He can be best contacted at
Sanja Tumbas is a Research Assistant and PhD Candidate at the Institute of
Information Systems, the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein. She holds a Master degree in Information Systems from the University of Muenster, Germany. During her Master studies she was a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Her research belongs to a broader stream of Social Studies of Information Systems. Specifically, the PhD project focuses on digital innovation and the distinct logics and cultures that drive organizational actors in innovating with digital technologies. In addition, she looks into innovative contexts such as entrepreneurial organizations and the role of digital technologies. To conduct parts of her PhD research, she was a visiting student at the Management Information Systems department at the University of Georgia, USA.

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