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 EE Network is currently hosted at five locations: two in Luxembourg, and three in the Netherlands. The headquarters are based in Luxembourg:
Management of the network
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".
The American Engineers Council for Professional Development states that engineering concerns:
"[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:
Enterprise engineering considers enterprises as a purposefully constructed artefact, combining the above definition of engineering with the design and creation of enterprises
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:
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.