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Call for Papers
Very Large Business Applications (VLBA)

18th SAP Academic Conference EMEA

The main objective of this year’s “Very Large Business Applications” research track on the 18th SAP Academic Conference EMEA is to provide researchers and practitioners a forum to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, results, experiences and concerns in the several perspectives of Very Large Business Applications (VLBA) and their related technologies.

The definition of a VLBA builds upon the definition of business applications, which are applications implementing processes for value creation in organizations, but exhibits the following specific characteristics. VLBA have no geographical, organizational, cultural or technical limitations. They may be implemented as business application(s) as well as whole systems and system landscapes. VLBAs are of strategic importance to the organization because a change in the VLBA leads to high financial, personnel, and organizational costs.

The track shall help researchers and practitioners to develop suitable strategies, tactics and operational policies for Very Large Business Applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) and their implications on organizational competitiveness. Design, development and implementation issues of VLBA including ERP and other forms will be discussed. These include organizational, people, and technological issues of VLBA.

Submissions are encouraged dealing with any aspect of management of Very Large Business Applications (ERP, CRM, SCM, etc.). Submitted papers should be related with one or more of the main themes proposed for the conference:

  • IT/IS strategies
  • Selection of VLBA
  • Related technologies of VLBA (Databases, RFID etc.)
  • Performance management and measurement of VLBA
  • Organization of VLBA
  • Outsourcing of VLBA
  • Teaching concepts and/or new curricula for VLBA
  • Next generation VLBA
  • VLBA in the cloud

We kindly invite authors to submit interesting papers for the topics mentioned above. Because of the international character of the 18th SAP Academic Conference EMEA please understand that we can only accept papers composed in English.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit papers for evaluation by the Program Committee. All papers will be subjected to a “blind review” by at least two members of the Program Committee, on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity.

Full papers accepted and registered will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 31 July 2013
  • Author notification: 15 August 2013
  • Final submission (printable version): 30 August 2013
  • Presentation date: 13 September 2013


Submission of papers

Please send your paper per E-Mail to:

Submissions must not exceed 10 pages (including bibliography) and have to contain an abstract of max. 150 words as well as three to five keywords.


Please use the MS Word template for your paper. The author guidelines and document templates can be found here:

  • First submission: pdf document
  • Final submission (printable version): doc document

Accepted submissions can be presented and discussed on this year’s SAP Academic Conference EMEA. For each recital 20 minutes are scheduled for presentation (15 minutes) and discussion (5 minutes).


First submissions have to be anonymized, i.e. the document must not contain names, addresses, etc. on the first page or the meta-data of the document. Of course the final printable submission has to contain all necessary information regarding the authors (see paper template). References need no anonymization.


We publish the accepted papers in a conference proceeding and via download. With a SAP Academic Conference EMEA 2013 paper submission the authors agree with the copyright regulations:

  1. The conference organizers are allowed to publish your paper on the SAP University Alliances Community (UAC) website
  2. and in the conference proceedings.

Program chair

Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universität München

Prof. Dr. Klaus Turowski, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Program committee

Prof. Dr. Witold Abramowicz, Poznan University of Economics

Dr. Stephan Fischer, SAP AG

Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister, University of Kassel

Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Markus Nüttgens, University of Hamburg

Ann Rosenberg, SAP AG

Heino Schrader, SAP AG

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe, University of Zurich

Dr. Victor Taratoukhine, University of Münster

Stefan Weidner, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Dr. Holger Wittges, Technische Universität München

Contact person

Dr. Holger Wittges

Chair for Information Systems (I17)

Technische Universität München

Boltzmannstr. 3, 85748 Garching

Tel. +49 (0) 89 289 17631


Additional information (Call for Presentations: SAP Software in Teachings)

This call for paper focuses on research aspects in the context of Very Large Business Applications. Beside this call for papers, the SAP University Alliances Program offers a call for presentations on teachings experiences and usage of SAP software in lessons: Call for Presentations