Welcome to ICSOB2021

12th International Conference on Software Business, December 2021, Drammen, Norway

Welcome to ICSOB2021!

The 12th ICSOB conference will be organized by School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway.

We plan for a hybrid conference with possibility for physical meetings. However, the detailed setup is a subject to change depending on the development of the pandemic.

Although the business of software shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherently unique features. It is making it a challenging domain for research. The examples of many successful companies show that software provides a unique benefit to its users. Moreover, software has spread all over the world and has permeated in many industries, which are not usual for software. In particular, software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers or a unique experience to their users. Companies that were engineering-driven become software intensive and struggle to keep up with the required speed of development and planning.

ICSOB 2021 intends to attract researchers and practitioners who are concerned with software business in different ways. You are invited to submit papers addressing contemporary issues emerging at the intersection of the software and business domains, broadly defined. Both papers reporting research results and industrial experiences are welcome.

The special theme of ICSOB2021 is Software Sustainability. Sustainability is derived from the concept of sustainable development as “a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are made consistent with future as well as present needs”. There is an urgent need for sustainability management in many domains and areas, including software business. Research about software sustainability addresses sustainability concerns regarding aspects such as software product, software development process, strategy and policy, people, partnership, ecosystem, and business model.

Links to proceedings of the conference in the previous years: