Quotation vom Brocke, Jan, van der Aalst, Wil M. P., Grisold, Thomas, Kremser, Waldemar, Mendling, Jan, Pentland, Brian, Recker, Jan, Roeglinger, Maximilian, Rosemann, Michael, Weber, Barbara. 2021. Process Science: The Interdisciplinary Study of Continuous Change. SSRN Electronic Journal.




The only constant in our world is change. Why is there not a field of science that explicitly studies continuous change? We propose the establishment of process science, a field that studies processes: coherent series of changes, both man-made and naturally occurring, that unfold over time and occur at various levels. Process science is concerned with understanding and influencing change. It entails discovering and understanding processes as well as designing interventions to shape them into desired directions. Process science is based on four key principles; it (1) puts processes at the center of attention, (2) investigates processes scientifically, (3) embraces perspectives of multiple disciplines, and (4) aims to create impact by actively shaping the unfolding of processes. The ubiquitous availability of digital trace data, combined with advanced data analytics capabilities, offer new and unprecedented opportunities to study processes through multiple data sources, which makes process science very timely.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal SSRN Electronic Journal
Language English
Title Process Science: The Interdisciplinary Study of Continuous Change
Year 2021
URL https://ssrn.com/abstract=3916817
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3916817
Open Access N


vom Brocke, Jan (Former researcher)
Grisold, Thomas (Details)
Mendling, Jan (Details)
Kremser, Waldemar (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Pentland, Brian (Michigan State University, United States/USA)
Recker, Jan (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Roeglinger, Maximilian (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Rosemann, Michael (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
van der Aalst, Wil M. P. (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Weber, Barbara (Universityof St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Institute for Data, Process and Knowledge Management (AE Sabou) (Details)
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