Study level

Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Information Systems

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Rehan Syed
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


In today’s dynamic business environment, organisations aspire to develop their abilities to rapidly adopt ever-evolving change.

Some strategies to achieve this daunting task are:

  • designing and developing agile business processes
  • implementing systems that are robust
  • developing staff with process-thinking and process-centric culture.

However, experience and empirical data tell us that these strategies can only be successful if designed rightly for the context in which the organisation exists.

Our view is based on complexity theory, and therefore we call these contexts under which a BPM initiative is designed and executed ‘ecosystems’, which include and integrate the social as well as human/non-human dimensions.

The focus of this study is to identify and report on various process ecosystems and ‘sub-systems’, and develop a classification framework.

Research activities

Research activities will include:

  • retrieving and synthesising literature
  • building abstract and conceptual models
  • writing a research conference paper.


You'll produce a conference paper at the end of this project.

Skills and experience

You'll need:

  • a good understanding of fundamentals of BPM and information systems
  • research skills to retrieve and synthesise information, including:
    • the ability to perform search queries
    • a good understanding of research databases
  • skills for abstraction and conceptualisation
  • good critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • excellent reading and writing skills
  • professionalism
  • knowledge of EndNote and NVivo (desired).



Contact the supervisor for more information.