About

The network
The Enterprise Engineering Network is a research and training network targeting PhD candidates and Research Fellows (Postdoctoral researchers). Next to the supervision of PhD Candidates and Research Fellows, the main activities of the network involve: 
  • Research seminars
  • Events targeting interaction with practitioners
  • Events targeting interaction with MSc students
  • Development of a joint curriculum for EE researchers and associated courses
  • Co-organisation of scientific events
The hosts of the network are also concerned with the formulation and conducting of joint research projects. However, the EE Network itself focuses on the actual training activities of PhD candidates and Research Fellows.

The history of the EE Network, and its direct predecessors, can be traced back to 2001. 

The hosts
The EE Network is currently hosted at five locations: two in Luxembourg, and three in the Netherlands. The headquarters are based in Luxembourg:
  1. Headquarters: The IT for Innovative Services department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Belval, Luxembourg.
  2. The Model Based System Development department of the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
  3. The HAN University of Applied Science, Arnhem, the Netherlands.
  4. The Information Systems Architecture group of the Utrecht University of Applied Science, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  5. The Individual and Collective Reasoning and the Model Driven Engineering groups of the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
To enable a practical operation of the training activities, in particular in for the research seminars, the EE Network has a traditional geographical focus on the Rhine-Scheldt-Meuse-Moselle basin, which includes the Low Countries (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg), the Rhineland in Germany, as well as Lorraine in France. 

Management of the network
  • General Chair: Prof. Dr. Henderik A. Proper
  • Local management for:
    • Radboud University and HAN University of Applied Sciences: Lect. Dr. Stijn J.B.A. Hoppenbrouwers
    • Utrecht University of Applied Sciences: Lect. Dr. Raymond Slot
    • Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology and University of Luxembourg: Prof. Dr. Henderik A. Proper

Enterprise engineering
We view organisations as constellations of socio-cyber-physical actors, involving humans, animals, software and machines. Organisations may (jointly) undertake enterprises (a systematic purposeful activity). The EE Network focuses on the engineering of such enterprises, while covering the entire so-called "Business-to-IT stack".

"[T]he creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation and safety to life and property."
In line with this general definition, we define enterprise engineering as the general term for an engineering based approach to design or evolve enterprises:
The creative application of scientific-principles to design or develop enterprises, or parts/aspects thereof; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation and safety to life and property.

Enterprise engineering considers enterprises as a purposefully constructed artefact, combining the above definition of engineering with the design and creation of enterprises

Informed design
We do not claim that enterprises, and organisations in particular, are purely engineered. Culture, politics, and human behaviour in general, have a strong influence on the way organisations, and their enterprises, actually take shape. Rather, the researchers of the EE Network, aim to support the underlying decision making processes by enabling them through informed decision making. At the same time, we acknowledge the fact that in real-life such design decisions are not always made in accordance with the information available.
Therefore, we identify two main perspective on the research within the larger enterprise engineering discipline:
  1. Enterprises as purposefully designed artefacts. We see it as essential to develop the means to rationally reason about the design of an enterprise (across the "Business-to-IT stack"). We see this as the engineering "core" of the enterprise engineering discipline.
  2. Enterprises as the result of social interaction. From this perspective, enterprises are understood as being the result of social actors (humans) interacting and reaching (be it through "force", conviction or consensus) a shared understanding of its structures/design. Within the domain of social sciences, one might refer to this as organisational design.
Similarly to the CIAO! network on enterprise engineering, we regard it as the mission of the discipline of Enterprise Engineering to develop new, appropriate theories, models, methods and other artifacts for the analysis, design, implementation, evolution and governance of enterprises by combining (relevant parts of) management and organisational science, information systems science, and computer science.