Science and Engineering

Business process management



Our business process management (BPM) discipline is one of the largest BPM research groups in the world, with impressive academic achievements, significant third-party-funded research projects and major industry linkages.

Research in BPM examines ways to marry business and IT perspectives, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of an organisation's business operations. BPM contributes significantly to overall performance and competitiveness, and is also a key enabler of organisational innovation and transformation.

Our research is grounded in real-world problems and requirements, and we regularly collaborate with industry and government. Members of our discipline have authored some of the world's leading BPM textbooks, and have been invited as keynote speakers to some of the most prestigious BPM conferences in the world.


Our research has made significant contributions to QUT's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings. We received a 5 (well above world standard) in information systems and a 4 (above world standard) in data format.

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Research strengths

We cover both technical and business aspects of BPM using conceptual-analytical and empirical research. We're known for our involvement in workflow patterns research and the open source workflow environment YAWL.

Our research is organised around these programs:


We offer one of the few dedicated masters degrees in BPM in the world.

Our professional development courses have also been recognised by Forrester as among the top five in the world.


The Category 1 funded research projects we are currently leading are:

Improved business decision-making via liquid process model collections

Project leader
Associate Professor Marcello La Rosa
Project summary

This project aims to develop an innovative approach to create and update as necessary the large collection of business process models that represent a complex organisation, so that this collection captures the actual way in which the organisation performs its business processes.

Deploying theoretical, conceptual and empirical research, this project aims to capitalise on the value hidden in large process data, as recorded in event logs. The approach is intended to be implemented in an open-source technology to facilitate advanced investigations and predictions that can ultimately lead to better strategic decision-making. This technology also has the potential to become a research-enabling tool for the large research community in business process management.

Developing a theory of Green Information Systems

Project leader
Professor Jan Recker
Project summary

Reducing the environmental impact and increasing the environmental sustainability of organisations is a priority for Australia. Technology is meant to assist in this challenge, but knowledge is lacking about how information systems can meaningfully assist organisations in becoming sustainable.

The goal of this project is to develop and test a theory of Green Information Systems, which describes design principles for information systems that allow organisations to engage in sustainability sense-making and implement sustainable practices. The outcomes are expected to assist in the development of systems to support sustainability initiatives, the management of sustainability programs, and the reduction of organisations' environmental footprint.

Developing a theory for how information systems can be dsigned to assist organisations in becoming more innovative

Project leader
Professor Jan Recker
Project summary

The goal of the project is to develop and validate a new theory for how information systems can be designed to assist organisations in becoming innovative. Technological innovation is designed to increase productivity and economic growth, but knowledge is lacking about how information systems can meaningfully support organisations in becoming innovative.

The expected project outcomes would assist the development of new systems to support organisational innovations, the management of innovation initiatives to increase productivity and growth, and the effective assessment of technologies to support innovation.

Interdisciplinary and inter-institution projects

Some of the projects we are contributing to with other disciplines and institutions are:

  • Towards engineering behavioural research design systems, 2015-2017
  • Business process decomposition, 2013-2015

Student topics

We are currently actively researching a number of topics in detail. If you are interested in research in any of these broad themes, get in contact with the relevant staff members:


School of Information Systems

  • Level 8, P Block, Science and Engineering Centre
    Gardens Point