The 5th International Workshop on Software-intensive Business: Towards Sustainable Software Business (IWSiB 2022) bridges the gap between software engineering and software business research.

One-day workshop will be held during May 20-28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA and is hosted by 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2022).

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Call for papers

One-day workshop during May 20-28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Hosted by 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2022)

Call for Papers 

The global pandemic has shown, thanks to advanced software technologies, society and businesses were able to quickly respond to environmental disruptions. Software-intensive businesses had to quickly pivot their business model. Also, demands in software-based service offerings facilitating remote work drastically increased and challenged control modes of prior management practices. These exemplary challenges cannot be tackled by engineering or business disciplines alone. The 5th International Workshop on Software-intensive Business (IWSiB) aims to bring together research communities working on topics relevant to software-intensive business to jointly investigate these challenges and to bridge the gap between different research communities.

The workshop will facilitate knowledge exchange through discussions of issues and experiences, to improve research contributions through feedback from the wider community, and to develop new projects between researchers and practitioners. To this end, the workshop will be a mix of research work and industry experience presentations, interactive discussions and group activities, to maximize the potential synergy among the participants from different research and industry backgrounds.

Submission Guidelines & Themes

IWSiB seeks submissions describing novel research, experience reports, as well as emerging ideas. We are interested in studies describing original and unpublished results in the field of software-intensive business. The focus of the workshop is on new promising ideas and therefore work-in-progress reports are welcome to ignite discussion in the workshop.

The paper length should not exceed 8 pages for research paper submissions, and 2-4 pages for industry experience reports and position paper submissions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following aspects of software-intensive business:

  • Software product management (e.g., strategy, planning, pricing)
  • Software ecosystem (e.g., engineering ecosystems, analysis of ecosystem data, modeling of ecosystem structure and behavior, management of developer ecosystems and platforms)
  • Continuous practices (e.g., experimentation, innovation, improvement)
  • Agile & lean projects & portfolio (e.g., methods & practices, management and organizing, behavioral and cognitive factors)
  • Organizational management (e.g., managing technical and social debt, integrating product and business development, managing human-AI symbiosis)
  • Software startups (e.g., scaling, privoting, funding, business models)
  • Software platform (e.g., orchestration, governance, architecture, evolution and lifecycle)
  • Software engineering economics (e.g., in engineering of software or in the software industry)
  • Emerging trends and research areas (e.g., implications of COVID-19 to the software industry, AI ethics, digital twins, etc. )


SubmissionJanuary 14, 2022 (AoE)
NotificationFebruary 25, 2022
Camera-readyMarch 18, 2022


We encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. We welcome both research and industry papers. The workshop proceedings will be published in a separate volume of the ICSE proceedings, which will be prepared to be archived by ACM Library.


All submissions must conform to the ACM’s formatting and submission instructions. Formatting instructions are available at for both LaTeX and Word users. LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}). We encourage authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers.

The paper length should not exceed 8 pages for research papers and 4 pages for industry reports. It is not possible to buy extra pages.

Please also, note:

  • There is no limit on the number of submissions an author may submit, but authors are advised to focus on quality rather than on quantity.
  • By submitting to the IWSiB workshop, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree that papers submitted to IWSiB workshop must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for IWSiB workshop.
  • The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2022. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.
Submission system

Papers must be submitted electronically via Easychair by the defined deadline (see above):


Submissions will be first screened on rigor and relevance and then evaluated by at least three members of the program committee based on soundness, significance, novelty, verifiability, and presentation quality.


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Programme Committee

Ville Alkkiomäki, F-Secure Corporation
Pekka Abrahamsson*, University of Jyväskylä
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Christoph Bussler, Google
Daniela Damian*, University of Victoria
Henry Edison, University of Southern Denmark
Christoph Elsner, Siemens AG
Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck
João M. Fernandes, University of Minho
Jens Förderer, University of Mannheim
Juan Garbajosa, Universidad Politécnico de Madrid
Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Robert Heinrich, Karlsruher Institute of Technology
Phil Hennel, University of Cologne
Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart
Helena Holmström Olsson, University of Malmo
Dron Khanna, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Slinger Jansen*, Utrecht University
Hans-Bernd Kittlaus, InnoTivum Consulting
Eriks Klotins, Blekinge Institute of Tecnology
Thomas Kude, ESSEC Business School
Tommi Mikkonen, University of Jyväskylä
Juergen Muench, Reutlingen University
Alexander Mädche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Anh Nguyen Duc, University college of Southeast Norway
Efi Papatheocharous, RISE SICS
Rafael Prikladnicki*, PUCRS
Bala Ramesh, Georgia State University
Andrey Saltan, LUT University
Rodrigo Santos, UNIRIO
Maximilian Schreieck*, Technical University of Munich
Marko Seppänen, Tampere University
Kari Smolander, LUT University
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä
Erno Vanhala, LUT University
Krzysztof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology

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