WI '99 - Call for Papers

Welcome to the WI '99

An increasing number of business transactions are handled electronically. This trend is strongly supported by the possibilities of information technology. Electronic Commerce, Internet Banking and Global Supply Chain Management are just examples of the breathtaking speed of a changing economy and society, driven by the use of information systems.

With the theme of "Electronic Business Engineering", the 4th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI, i. e. Business Information Systems) intends to discuss this development. On the one hand, the systematic design and optimisation of performance and business transactions remains a central point for the improvement of competitiveness. On the other hand, new information technologies, such as the Internet or Multimedia, prepare the way into the information and knowledge society.

Business Information Systems as the interface between research and business is encouraged to develop this trend actively in research, training and application. For this reason, focus areas of the WI´99 include topics like:

  • Internet and Electronic Markets
  • Standard-Software and Reference Models
  • Componentware and Business Objects
  • Knowledge-Management and Learning Environments
  • Virtual Organisations and Cooperation Models
  • Groupware and Workflow
  • Business Process Optimisation

The WI´99 is a platform for communication and the exchange of experiences between research and business. We kindly invite you to make use of this opportunity in Saarbrücken, and look forward to having the chance to welcome you in March 1999 at the Saarland University.


The International Confenrence on Wirtschaftsinformatik is traditionally held every two years and is the biggest scientific IT conference in the German-speaking countries. Among the 800 expected participants are researchers as well as executives from industry and service.

The conference includes among others:

  • 4 keynote presentations
  • 12 sections with 36 presentations
  • 8 panels with 24 theses
  • 3 major discussions

Besides the main tracks, there will be company presentations for innovative products and a prototype and poster session. A doctoral consortium for German-speaking students in advance of the conference and a professional recruitment service for graduates further prove the attractiveness and competetiveness of Business Information System sciences.

With its close border to France, the Saarland and the city of Saarbrücken, which celebrates its 1000th birthday in 1999, present an attractive frame for the WI '99. All participants are invited to join in an evening event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Institut für Wirschaftsinformatik (Institute of Business Information Systems, IWi) of the Saarland University.


Submissions showing research and practice of Business Information Systems are very welcome. A relation to the conference theme (Electronic Business Engineering) is requested, but not required.

All submissions (in German or English) should consist of a maximum of 20 pages, including figures, tables and references. On the first page author(s), complete address and e-mail have to be given. The text has to be lead by an abstract of an abstract of no more than 300 words. The authors must not appear on any further pages of the paper.

If you would like to participate in the prototype and poster session a brief description of one page is required, including title, author(s) and complete address and e-mail.

On the conference web page (http://wi99.iwi.uni-sb.de/) there is an example of a submission available. Submissions are only accepted electronically (e-mail, diskette, FTP) as Word file or ASCII file with separate graphics in GIF-, TIF- or JPG-format. Detailed submission information can be found at the end of this page.


The following deadlines are important for submitting papers:

15.09.1998 Submission deadline
30.11.1998 Notification of authors
15.12.1998 Deadline for camera-ready copies

All authors agree that accepted papers are published in the conference proceedings and on the conference Web server.


Template for WI'99 paper submissions
(example text file)
- example  MS Word (453k)
- example MS Word zip-File(163k)
- example  postscript-File (484k)
- example postscript zip-File(175k)
Template for WI'99 prototype and poster session
(example text file)
- example MS Word (14k)
- example postscript


There are three ways of submitting papers:

  • Put your files via FTP on the server wi99.iwi.uni-sb.de ( in the directory called "submissions" and send an e-mail-notification to breitling@iwi.uni-sb.de. If your submission consists of more than one file, please create a new subdirectory with your family name and put your files there.

  • Send your files by e-mail to breitling@iwi.uni-sb.de

  • Save your files in Word or ASCII format (zipped, if you like) on a diskette and send it to:
          Wirtschaftsinformatik '99
          Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik
          Im Stadtwald, Geb. 14.1
          D - 66123 Saarbrücken


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Letztes Update: 19. Juni 2002
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