International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET)

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Special Issue On
Enabling Service Business Ecosystems
This special issue proposal is followed by the success and highly positive
feedback resulting from the ESBE 2008 workshop (co-located with ICSOC 2008 in Sydney, Australia) and from the ESBE 2009 workshop (co-located with MCIS 2009 in Athens, Greece). The main aim of the ESBE (Enabling Service Business Ecosystems) series of workshop is to encourage research from interdisciplinary fields of service ecosystems, focusing on technological, business, and sociological terms.

Today, services are used as a core component or utility of business operations and offer programmatic interfaces to applications to exploit these services. The majority of attention on service oriented systems has been contemplated on its related technical standards and technology integration. However, many of today’s available services are not considered as providing relevant business value as their use by third-party clients have unclear terms and conditions with unknown risk. Service oriented paradigm demands a new way of managing services operation, deployment, and longevity in the context of business ecosystems.

Business models are the complex specifications of business rules and processes to enable organizations to grow in a sustainable way. Services impact the way organizations build, deploy, and manage their information assets and market  capitalization while creating business ecosystems. In this scenario, it is critical that the underlying business models help to meet organizations’ expectations and needs. This special issue will look at the enablers for Service Oriented Systems to evolve, grow, and interact with other services to support complex business ecosystems. Its focus is on creating business value through services and, looking beyond individual businesses, fostering the growth of a service ecosystem. We encourage contributions from different perspectives including sociological, economical, psychological, legal, and technological domains.

Topics of the Special Issue:

We welcome research submissions on all topics related to business models for services and their enablers, including but not limited to those listed below.

Principles, theories, and challenges of business models for services ecosystems

Architectures and implementations of business models for services ecosystems
Formal methods for business concepts applied to services

(Semantic) Business services and ontologies

Business driven service development, discovery, and composition

Service innovation

Human roles in services and human based services

User interactions with service ecosystems

Service development communities

Knowledge management in service ecosystems

Service economics

Pricing models for services and market dynamics

Service oriented business intelligence and analysis

Innovative strategies for making and managing service-based organizations

Service level agreements/ Policies/ Contracts and negotiation

Strategic, tactical, and operational management of service ecosystem

Risk and compliance management in service ecosystems

Change management in service ecosystems

Trust, security, and privacy aspects of service ecosystem

Interdisciplinary studies of service ecosystem

Sociological, economical, psychological, legal, and technological implications of services

Ethical and cultural issues in service ecosystems

Real world case studies
Guest Editors:

Vincenzo D’Andrea, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
G.R. Gangadharan, Novay, Enschede, The Netherlands
Renato Iannella, NICTA, Brisbane, Australia
Michael Weiss, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Important Dates

Potential authors are encouraged to send an email with a tentative title and a brief abstract to the guest editors ( as soon as possible.

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2010
Notification of First Round Reviews: June 30, 2010
Revised Manuscripts Due: July 30, 2010
Final Acceptance/Rejection Notification (Second Round Reviews): August 30, 2010
Final Paper Version Due: September 15th, 2010
All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information are available on the Author Guidelines page [].

You may send one copy in the form of a PDF file attached to

For information about the theme and other information, contact the Guest Editors (

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