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Persoonlijk profiel


“To successfully use complex information technology to drive contemporary business, the interplay between the requirements of business and the possibilities of technologies needs to be understood in a well-structured way – information system architecture is the basis for this.”

Research profile

Paul Grefen is a Full Professor and Chair of Information System Architecture in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His current research is positioned at the interface of the application of advanced information technology and the support of flexible collaboration in business, both within and between organizations. It covers three main focal points: architectural design of business information systems, inter-organizational business process management and service-oriented business design and support.

Long-Running Research Activities are: 1) DIBPM (Dynamic Inter-organizational Business Process Management) is a long-running research activity into support for dynamically established inter-organizational business processes, for example in dynamic virtual enterprises. 2) BASE/X (Business Agility through Business Engineering in the Extended Enterprise) develops an approach for the engineering (structured design and implementation) of service-dominant business in a value-driven, networked, multi-stakeholder business environment.

Paul’s current Research Projects are: 1) DyNaMoS (Dynamic Network Approach to Mobility Solutions) explores the use of the BASE/X business engineering approach in the transport and traffic management domains. 2) HORSE (Integrated Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing Processes, European H2020 Framework) develops a framework and system for support of advanced, process-oriented manufacturing in an Industry 4.0 context. 3) C-MobiLE (Integrated Mobility Solutions in Urban Environments, European H2020 Framework) focuses on research, development and innovation towards the use of integrated mobility solutions in urban environments. 4) DATAS and ISOLA (both financed by NWO) research the advanced use of data processing in logistics scenarios.

Academic background

Paul Grefen received his PhD in 1992 from the University of Twente, where he held assistant and associate professor positions in the Computer Science Department. He was a visiting researcher at Stanford University in 1994. He chaired the TU/e Information Systems subdepartment from 2006 to 2014. Currently, he is the Research Director of the School of Industrial Engineering.

As a researcher and manager he has been involved in various European research projects (WIDE, CrossFlow, CrossWork, GET Service, HORSE, C-MobiLE) as well as various projects within the Netherlands. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Production Management and Engineering. Paul is also an editor and author of books on the WIDE and CrossWork projects, and has authored books on workflow management, electronic business and service-dominant business engineering. He is a member of the Executive Board of the European Supply Chain Forum.

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Industry Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Information systems Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Software architecture Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Cloud computing Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Supply chains Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Process Model Rekenkunde
Interoperability Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen

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Projecten 2015 2020

Onderzoeksoutput 1992 2019

2 Downloads (Pure)

A reference model-based user requirements elicitation process: Toward operational business-IT alignment in a co-creation value network

Bagheri, S., Kusters, R., Trienekens, J. & Grefen, P., jul 2019, In : Information and Software Technology. 111, blz. 72-85 14 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Knowledge management
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BPMS-RA: a novel Reference Architecture for Business Process Management Systems

Pourmirza, S., Peters, S., Dijkman, R. & Grefen, P., feb 2019, In : ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. 19, 1, 23 blz., 13.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Service oriented architecture (SOA)
Systems engineering
Data mining
Big data
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Business-IT alignment improvement in co-creation value networks: design of a reference model-based support

Bagheri, S., Kusters, R. J., Trienekens, J. J. M. & Grefen, P. W. P. J., 2019, Business Information Systems Workshops - BIS 2018 International Workshops, Revised Papers. Abramowicz, W. & Paschke, A. (redactie). Springer Nature Switzerland AG, blz. 143–155 13 blz. (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; vol. 339).

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

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Business model innovation in the smart mobility domain

Türetken, O., Grefen, P., Gilsing, R., Adali, E. & Ozkan, B., 1 sep 2019, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems: Towards High-Level Automated Driving. Lu, M. (redactie). London, blz. 63-86 (IET Transportation Series; vol. 25).

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureHoofdstukAcademicpeer review

Open Access
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Co-location specification for IoT-aware collaborative business processes

Grefen, P., Brouns, N., Ludwig, H. & Serral Asensio, E., 2019, Information Systems Engineering in Responsible Information Systems. CAiSE 2019.. Ruiz, M. & Cappiello, C. (redactie). Cham: Springer, blz. 120-132 13 blz. (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; vol. 350).

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Ship cranes

Activiteiten 2004 2019

  • 5 Keynote spreker
  • 2 Redactioneel werk
  • 1 Lidmaatschap van commissie
  • 1 Genodigd spreker

Dealing with complex, real-time, cyber-physical business processes: Towards a trinity of IoT, DA and BPM technologies

Paul W.P.J. Grefen (Spreker)
20 feb 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

 Enterprise Computing in the Networked Business Era

Paul W.P.J. Grefen (Spreker)
9 sep 2016

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesKeynote sprekerWetenschappelijk

 Resource Management in Service-Dominant Business Engineering

Paul W.P.J. Grefen (Spreker)
3 nov 2014

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesKeynote sprekerWetenschappelijk

 Imagine Your Change. Change Your Imagination

Paul W.P.J. Grefen (Spreker)
23 jan 2014

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesKeynote sprekerProfessioneel

International Journal of Production Management and Engineering (Tijdschrift)

Paul Grefen (Lid redactieraad)
2013 → …

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk



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Mini research project 1

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Mini research project 2

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Sharing real-time information could save the transport sector billions each year

Paul W.P.J. Grefen & Remco M. Dijkman


3 items van Media-aandacht

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Two new logistics research projects

Paul W.P.J. Grefen, Tom van Woensel & Remco M. Dijkman


1 item van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

1st workshop on resource management in service-oriented computing (RMSOC 2014)

Paul W.P.J. Grefen & H. (Rik) Eshuis


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Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


A multi-aspect reference architecture for a business process cloud platform

Auteur: Stoitsev, V., 31 dec 2012

Begeleider: Grefen, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van Dongen, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & van der Starre, E. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A product-oriented design of an IS architecture, underlying a standard outsourcing process: case study within the large-scale, high-tech, manufacturing industry

Auteur: van Zutphen, A., 29 mrt 2018

Begeleider: Grefen, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Vanderfeesten, I. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Dijkman, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Assessing the validity of the simulation of manufacturing processes in BPM tools

Auteur: Olde Hampsink, B., 30 apr 2018

Begeleider: Dijkman, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Firat, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Grefen, P. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master