Digitalization encompasses the technology-based transformation of organizations including their business models, products and services, business processes, and IT architectures. The support of organizations who aim for digitalization is one of the core competencies of business informatics. Through our research we contribute to this field by designing, implementing and applying various kinds of enterprise modeling methods. These permit to represent domain requirements in a visual and intuitive way and enable at the same time a transition to technology-oriented views for designing, analyzing, optimizing and implementing information systems.

Thereby, we are particularly interested in the use and integration of new and innovative technologies that have the potential of radically changing existing business models, processes, and architectures. Current technologies under investigation in our group comprise blockchains, virtual and augmented reality, novel forms of device-less interaction, and semantic technologies.

We regularly work together with partners from industry for exploring new solutions and phenomena. In this way we gain insights into current managerial and technological challenges and practices in the course of digitalization.


  • Enterprise Modeling

    The complexity of today's business environments requires structured methods for designing, analyzing, optimizing, and implementing information systems. Enterprise modeling comprises a large range of so-called conceptual modeling methods that permit to create formal or semi-formal models based on a pre-defined modeling language. In this way they support human communication for elicting the requirements for information systems, allow for an algorithmic analysis of information systems through simulation and scenario technicques and offer direct interfaces for configuring and interacting with technical services.

  • Industrial Cooperation

    We regularly engage in industrial cooperations for investigating the current challenges and practices of digitalization, as well as for evaluating and testing prototypical approaches in practical settings.


    If you are interested in a cooperation, please contact Prof. Hans-Georg Fill.

  • Publications

    Some recent publications in the field of digitalization with participation from our group include:

    • Fill, Hans-Georg (2018): Semantic Annotations of Enterprise Models for Supporting the Evolution of Model-Driven Organizations, Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - International Journal of Conceptual Modelling, Vol. 13 (2018), DOI:
    • Bork, Dominik, Fill, Hans-Georg, Karagiannis, Dimitris, Utz, Wilfrid (2018): Simulation of Multi-Stage Industrial Business Processes Using Metamodelling Building Blocks with ADOxx, Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - The International Journal of Conceptual Modelling, Vol. 13,
    • Sandkuhl, Kurt, Fill, Hans-Georg, Hoppenbrouwers, Stijn, Krogstie, John, Leue, Andreas, Matthes, Florian, Opdahl, Andreas, Schwabe, Gerhard, Uludag, Omer, Winter, Robert (2018): From Expert Discipline to Common Practice: A Vision and Research Agenda for Extending the Reach of Enterprise Modelling, Business and Information Systems Engineering, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 69-80, Springer,
  • Events

    Our group actively engages in the organization of academic conferences, workshops and tracks: