16th TEAR 2021 – New frontiers

In collaboration with IEEE CBI 2021 and IEEE EDOC 2021

Since 2006 the international TEAR workshop series has brought together Enterprise Architecture (EA) researchers and practitioners from different research communities, and has provided a forum to present EA research results from academia and practice and to discuss future EA research directions. This year’s TEAR workshop will see a new online format, while addressing new frontiers in EA-related research.

New frontiers in EA-related research

The field of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has gained considerable maturity over the last years. EA significantly contributes to organizations’ need to adapt increasingly fast to changing customer requirements and business goals. New societal and technological (including AI, IoT, Digital Twins, etc) trends now provide new challenges and opportunities to the field of EA. What remains core to EA is the need for a multi-disciplinary approach aiming for a coherent design of enterprises across all relevant aspects, such as services, processes, IT support, the role of human actors, etc. Therefore, there is a need to consider new frontiers in EA research, taking us into the direction of what might be termed “Enterprise Governance 4.0”. Therefore this year’s TEAR workshop has a broadened scope, including several new topics:

  • Enterprise governance 4.0 – Including the use of Enterprise Digital Twins, AI and IoT to support the governance and management of enterprises, and their coherence, in all their facets.
  • Enterprise cyber risk management – Managing cyber risks, which include e.g. cyber security risks, but also other risks, such as the negative consequences of AI-based errors, systemic ripple effects, etc.
  • Digital transformation – Consequences for EA (or the role of EA in) digital transformation, including e.g. migration to data stream architectures, big data, IoT, etc.
  • Enterprise architecture decision-making and decision-execution –  Including drivers for change, architecture governance, stakeholder management, etc.
  • Enterprise architecture modeling and analysis – Including modeling languages,  model-based analysis and analytics, reference models, viewpoints, human-model interaction, etc.
  • Relevant research approaches in terms of research methodologies and theories.
  • Cases and implementations

We cordially invite submissions of three types of paper, reporting on original research results related to EA that have not been accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere:.

  1. Regular research papers. These papers will be reviewed based on their scientific and technical contribution, originality, and relevance. 
  2. Emergent research papers. These papers involve novel research ideas and challenges (by doctoral students, practitioners, or senior researchers) related to EA.
  3. Experience reports. These papers reflect practical and personal industry experiences of EA practitioners, including EA related challenges seen and the approach(es) taken. These papers are advised to follow the STARR template (Situation, Tasks, Actions, Results, and Reflection).

New workshop format

The workshop is organized, in a collaboration between the IEEE CBI 2021 (September 1-3) and the IEEE EDOC 2021 (October 25-29) conferences. The workshop part of TEAR 2021 will take place during CBI 2021 (both events will take place online) in terms of a writer’s workshop format that more explicitly focuses on in-depth discussions of the paper submissions with the aim to improve these papers further. During the writer’s workshop the strengths and weaknesses of the different papers will be discussed, while accentuating positive aspects and suggesting improvements. As such, an active participation of the authors and audience is expected.Improved (in the sense of maturing and / or extending) high-quality papers will be accepted to an EA track at the EDOC 2021 conference. Based on the paper submitted to the writer’s workshop, and the presentations and discussions during the writer’s workshop, a selection of papers will be made which potentially qualify for EDOC 2021 inclusion. These papers will be shepherded by an experienced reviewer from the EA community, towards potential EDOC 2021 inclusion.This new workshop format aims to help authors in maturing their papers, while also creating a more open and constructive review and feedback process.

Key steps in the submission, selection & acceptance process

  1. Authors: Submission of initial workshop papers
  2. PC: Review of initial submissions
  3. PC: Selection of submissions to be included in the writer’s workshop
  4. PC: Initial feedback to authors
  5. Authors: Submission of improved version by authors of papers accepted to the writer’s workshop
  6. Organizers: All accepted submissions made available to the participants of the writer’s workshop
  7. Online writer’s workshop at CBI 2021
  8. PC: Selection of papers with potential to be accepted for EDOC 2021
  9. Authors: Submission of final papers (in CRC state)
  10. PC: Selection of papers accepted to EDOC 2021
  11. EDOC 2021

Important dates

Initial workshop paper submission deadline: Sunday, July 4, 2021)

Acceptance notification for TEAR 2021 workshop: Sunday, August 8,  2021 (i.e. + 5 weeks)

Author registration for TEAR 2021 workshop Friday, August 20

Improved workshop paper version deadline: Sunday, August 22, 2021 
(to be distributed and discussed at the workshop)

TEAR Workshop at CBI: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 

Selection of potential papers to be included at EDOC: Sunday, September 5, 2021

EDOC final paper version deadline: Monday, October 10th, 2021

Final selection of papers to be included at EDOC: Monday, October 15th, 2021


Papers should describe innovative and significant original research relevant to TEAR as described in the topics section. Papers submitted for consideration must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere during the duration of consideration. Submissions solicited below will be reviewed by the program committee based on relevance, rigor, novelty, replicability, and quality. All submissions that have been accepted will be subject to shepherding by a designated committee member.Papers submitted to the writer’s workshop must not exceed 10 pages and conform to the IEEE submission guidelines. All submissions should include title, authors, and full contact information. Detailed instructions for authors are available on the IEEE website. At submission, authors will also be required to identify the type of their submission.

Submission URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tear2021.

Workshop co-chairs

  • Florian Matthes, Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Henderik A. Proper, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
  • Ömer Uludag, Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität München, Germany

Steering committee

  • Florian Matthes, Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Henderik Proper, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
  • James Lapalme, École de technologie supérieure, Canada 
  • João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Mathias Ekstedt, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Marc Lankhorst, BiZZdesign, the Netherlands
  • Pontus Johnson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Stephan Aier, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Program committee (tentative; to be finalized)

  • Adina Aldea, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Agnes Nakakawa, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda
  • Alexandre Moise, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Andreas Gadatsch, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany
  • Andreas L. Opdahl, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Aurona Gerber, CAIR, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Daniel Fürstenau, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Dirk Stelzer, TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • Dominik Bork, TU Wien, Austria
  • Elena Kornyshova, CNAM, France
  • Fabian Lang, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
  • François Coallier, École de technologie supérieure, France
  • Giuseppe Berio, Université de Bretagne Sud and IRISA UMR 6074, France
  • João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
  • Jürgen Jung, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Jānis Grabis, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Kazem Haki, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Kurt Sandkuhl, Rostock University, Germany
  • Lutz Kirchner, Scape Consulting GmbH, Germany
  • Marc Lankhorst, BiZZdesign, Germany
  • Maria-Eugenia Iacob, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Markus Borg, RISE, Sweden
  • Markus Buschle, zeb.consulting AB, Germany
  • Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Mathias Ekstedt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Paul Drews, Leuphana University of Lüneburg , Germany
  • Peter Loos, IWi at DFKI, Saarland University, Germany
  • Pierre-Martin, Tardif Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Piotr Wojtowicz, DHL, Germany
  • Pontus Johnson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Rainer Schmidt, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Remco Dijkman, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Robert Lagerström, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden
  • Selmin Nurcan, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Simon Hacks, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Stefanie-Rinderle-Ma, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Stephan Aier, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Sybren de Kinderen, University of Luxembourg , Luxembourg
  • Sylvain Halle, University of Québec, Canada
  • Ulrik Franke, RISE, Sweden
  • Ulrike Steffens, HAW Hamburg, Germany
  • Zoran Milosevic, University of Queensland, Australia