Call for paper

Conference Theme

Software Sustainability

ICSOB2021 – 12th International Conference on Software Business,

2nd-3rd December 2021, USN, Norway

Call for Paper

Theme of the year: Software Sustainability

Sustainability is derived from the concept of sustainable development and is defined by the World Commission on Environment and 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. The special theme of ICSOB2021 is Software Sustainability. 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.

We welcome both research and industry papers to the conference. The papers should be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other conference or journal. We are looking for both poster papers (maximum 4 pages), short position and practice papers (maximum 6 pages) that provide insights on the life cycle management of software products and industry case studies as well as full research papers (maximum 15 pages) describing novel approaches to software business for software products and services.

The topics that ICSOB welcomes (but not limited to) are listed below:

  • Software Sustainability – sustainability of software products, sustainable software development, sustainable software business model, sustainable management in software development and operation
  • Software Ecosystems and App Stores – aspects related to software ecosystems health, ecosystem orchestration and governance, app economy, actors and supply network analysis, incentives and ecosystem-based business models
  • Software Business Development – aspects related to developing business models and business modeling for software products and services, effective business model change, and improvement, economics of software companies, mergers and acquisitions, internationalization, outsourcing and other strategies for realizing these business models.
  • Licensing, intellectual property and patents aspects and other legal aspects associated with software business – privacy and security is also welcome here
  • Software startups – aspects related to environment success factors for software business and startups, entrepreneurial process in software development, software startup processes, disruptive innovation and adoption of startups, competence, risk management and managing startup growth
  • Engineering and Management – aspects related to software product management, life-cycle perspective, continuous delivery, agile development, technical debt, platform governance, digital platforms, matchmakers, and value co-creation
  • Human value, morale, ethics and believes – human-centered design, ethical software engineering, AI ethics, transparency, etc.
  • Other aspects – games and gamification, software business education, disruptive trends in software business and the future of software business

A selection of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions for tentative publication in a Special Section of the journal of Information and Software Technology published by Elsevier

You are very welcome to submit your papers to one of these tracks via the EasyChair submission system :

Important Dates

  • Abstract submissions: August 27th, 2021
  • Full paper submissions: September 3rd, 2021 September 8th, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: October 3rd, 2021 October 7th, 2021
  • Camera-ready copies: October 20th, 2021
  • Conference: December 2nd-3rd, 2021

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere.

Submission Formats

Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format and should not exceed 15 pages, including all text, figures, references, and appendices.

Submissions not conforming to the LNCS format, exceeding 15 pages (for full papers) or 6 pages (for short papers), or 4 pages (for poster papers) or being obviously out of the scope of the conference might be rejected.

Information about the Springer LNCS format can be found here. Three to five keywords characterizing the paper should be indicated at the end of the abstract. The type of paper (technical/empirical evaluation/experience/exploratory paper) should be indicated in the submission. Submission is done through Easychair.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted papers will be presented at ICSOB ’21 and published in the conference proceedings, which is published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

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