Process science is an innovative field of science that intends to pull together contributions from various disciplines, such as computer science, management science and information systems, to better understand and develop processes. To be inclusive, process science follows a broad understanding of processes that is agnostic to single extant disciplines. We define processes as a coherent series of changes which evolves over time, occurs at various levels and constitutes a phenomenon of interest.
Three reasons lead to the establishment of Process Science. First, processes are increasingly growing out of existing containers, and processes constitute a phenomenon of interest of themselves, specifically going beyond established units of analysis, such as application systems or organizations. Secondly, the world is increasingly changing and the study of processes helps to understand change, to deal with change and also to actively shape change. Third, the ubiquitous availability of data, combined with advanced data analytics capabilities, offers new opportunities to study processes using multiple data sources, such as digital trace data, social media data, body data together other quantitative and qualitative data.
The cluster Process Science is headed by
Jan vom Brocke is a professor for Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein. He is the Hilti Endowed Chair of Business Process Management and Director of the Institute of Information Systems. Jan's work and research interest is on strategy and organizational design, with a focus on various aspects of digital innovation and transformation as well as the management of collaboration in a digital world.
Jan Mendling is the Einstein-Professor of Process Science with the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. His research interests include various topics in the area of business process management and information systems.