“Dr Rosemann, frankly, blew me away. I’d advise you -
if you have a chance to attend an event that he’s speaking at, book a seat.”

Neil Ward-Dutton, Industry Analyst, MWD Advisor


Professor for Information Systems

Executive Director, Corporate Engagement
International & Development
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany (SE Queensland)
Visiting Professor at Viktoria Swedish ICT, Gothenburg, Sweden
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow of the Australian Computer Society
Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences
Member of the IFIP Working Group 8.1
Founder and parter of the Research Institute on Software and Service Ecosystems (RISE)

Michael Rosemann on Wikipedia

Keynote reviews and interviews

In conversation with: Michael Rosemann feature story in the Campus Morning Mail, October 2017

Blog post re my keynote on ‘Marketing in the age of business-to-thing’ at the Digital Summit, Brisbane, Juky 2017

Blog post re my keynote on ‘A Digital Mind’ at the Australian CFO Summit, March 2015

Blog post re my keynote on ‘The Internet of Things’ at the SAP Business Transformation Conference, Washington, September 2013

Blog post re my keynote on ‘Process Innovation’ at the BPM Conference, London, March 2012

Gartner’s Fellow Interview

Download my papers at QUT ePrints


Dr Michael Rosemann is Professor for Information Systems and Executive Director, Corporate Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology. In this role, he is committed to the design of sustainable, mutually beneficial partnership models between significant industry partners and QUT. This includes in particular multi-disciplinary engagements and a focus on reducing research and curriculum latency, i.e. the time it takes to react to emerging developments in QUT’s research and teaching portfolio.

Prior to this role, he was Head of QUT’s Information Systems Discipline (2010-2011) and Head of the Information Systems School (2012-2016). QUT’s Information Systems research received a ranking of ‘well above world standard (5/5)’ in this area of research in Australia (ERA, December 2015) and includes QUT’s Business Process Management Discipline, one of the largest BPM research groups in the world. Under his leadership as a Head of School, he established three industry-funded Chairs in the Information Systems School, i.e. the Woolworths Chair in Retail Innovation, the Brisbane Airport Corporation Chair in Airport Innovation and the PwC Chair in Digital Economy.

In 2016 he was seconded to QUT’s Real Difference project where he developed among others the rapid redesign methodology NESTT. The NESTT has so far been used for the re-design of four significant processes within QUT and has also been adopted by organizations such as the University of Auckland. More recently, he released with Prof Max Roeglinger a new BPM capability framework considering the affordances of the digital economy and created the concept of an O(pportunity) room in cooperation with an Australian ASX20 organisation.

Dr Rosemann is a disruptive thinker with a digital mind and a passion for corporate innovation (eco)systems and industry-academia collaborations. His work is focused on creating compelling future worlds with today’s possibilities that make current practices obsolete. As a researcher and advisor to board rooms and senior executives he is committed to advancing knowledge and confidence in the areas of revenue resilience, digital mindfulness, innovation/opportunity management and engagement with academic partners.

Dr Rosemann is the author/editor of seven books, more than 275 refereed papers in outlets such as MISQ, EJIS, Information Systems and JAIS, Editorial Board member of ten international journals and co-inventor of two US patents. His ‘Handbook of Business Process Management’ (with Prof. Jan vom Brocke, now in its second edition) is a comprehensive consolidation of global BPM thought leaders. His publications have been translated into German, Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin.

His main contributions are the concept of a series of process innovation patterns, seven traits of a digital mind, a revenue resilience assessment, a value-driven BPM approach (with Accenture), the rapid redesign method NESTT, the O-Room methodology, customer process management, a BPM maturity model, guidelines of business process modelling, configurable reference models, ambidextrous BPM and context-aware BPM. His current areas of interest are revenue resilience, digital mindfulness, innovation systems and effective university-industry relationships.

Michael’s PhD students have won the Australian award for the best PhD thesis in Information Systems in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has been the Chair of the first International Conference on Business Process Management outside Europe (BPM 2007, Brisbane), Co-Chair of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2010, Brisbane) and Co-Chair of the 23rd International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS 2015, Rhodes). More recently, he was co-chair of the BPM track at ICIS 2013 (Milan) and a participating academic at the ICIS 2014 Junior Faculty Consortium (Auckland). In 2015, he co-chaired the BPM track and panels at ECIS 2015 (Muenster, May), he was the PhD Colloquium Co-Chair for the ER Conference 2015 (Stockholm, October), co-chair of the breakout track at ICIS 2015 (Ft. Worth, USA, December), co-editor of a MISQ Executive Special Issue on ‘Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation’ (December 2015), co-chair of the BPM track at ECIS 2016 (Istanbul), co-chair of the industry track at BPM 2016 (Rio de Janeiro), co-chair of the BPM track at ECIS 2017 (Guimaraes), co-chair of the BPM track at DESRIST 2017 (Karlsruhe) and co-track chair of the General Topics track at ICIS 2017 (Seoul). He will be a program co-chair for ICIS 2018 in San Francisco together with Sudha Ram and Jan Pries-Heje.

Passionate about designing more effective and efficient universities, Michael has conducted invited keynote presentations at conferences such as QUESTnet (Brisbane, July 2014), Business Improvement in Universities (Melbourne, June 2015), University Library Forum (Brisbane, November 2015), Service Improvement and Innovation in Universities (Brisbane, August 2016), CAUDIT Spring meeting (Melbourne, September 2016) and the 35th Tertiary ICT conference in Wellington (September 2017). He is advising a number of high schools and universities on how to setup and manage internal innovation capabilities.

Michael delivered invited keynotes at the most prestigious global academic conferences in his field including the International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2008 – Milan, Italy) and the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2015 – Stockholm, Sweden). Furthermore, he gave keynotes at the South-American BPM Conference (Santiago, Chile, 2012), the Gartner BPM Summits (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016) Sydney; 2013, London), the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit (2012, Sydney), the IRM UK BPM/EA Conference (2012, London), the combined EMMSAD/BPMDS conferences 2012 (Gdansk, Poland), the ProzessLab Konferenz (Frankfurt, 2013 & 2015), the inaugural Business Building Capability conference in Sydney (2012), the S-BPM conference (Eichstaett, Germany, 2014), the Russian BPM conference (Moscow, 2014), the Fraunhofer R&D conference (Stuttgart, 2014), the Asian-Pacific BPM Conference (Brisbane, July 2014), the Dutch BPM conference (Rotterdam, November 2015) and the industry track as part of BPM 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, September 2016). He has been the Chair of the Marcus Evans Australian CIO Summit (2010), Co-Chair of this event in 2009 and 2012, conducted the final keynotes in 2013, 2014 and 2015, gave the opening keynote at the Australian Chief Logistics Officers Summit in 2014 and conducted an invited keynote at the Australian CFO Summit in 2015.

The list of organisations and associations for which he conducted seminars on ‘The Digital Mind’ and ‘The Revenue Resilient Organization’ since 2014 includes AIM, Australia Post, Australian National University, the CEO Institute, CISCO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Conquaestor, Deloitte, DB Schenker, DoseMe, Ernst & Young, GHD, Green Cross Australia, Healthscope, Kina Bank, Michael Hill, Microsoft, Olam International, Origin, Ports of Brisbane, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Queensland Government CIO Forum, Queensland Government One Stop Shop, Queensland Department of Emergency Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RACQ, RSL Care, Sanofi, SAP, Springfield Land Corporation, Star Entertainment, Suncorp, Urban Utilities and Woolworths. Together with Monica Bradley and Marek Kowalkiewicz, he produces the DigitalWeek podcast uncovering, explaining and predicting non-obvious developments in the digital economy.

Michael donates his speaker fees to QUT’s Learning Potential Fund (LPF).

Between 2009-2012 he conducted annual BPM roadshows in Brazil for ELO Group where he delivered more than 15 seminars. Since 1999, he is conducting Operations Management courses at the Northern Institute of Technology, Hamburg. Michael gave invited research seminars at universities around the globe including ANU Canberra, Monash University, University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, TU Munich, Louisiana State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, CELAP Shanghai, Nanyang Technological University Singapore and IIT Delhi among others. He also spoke at national and international conferences and events of IT vendors (e.g., AARNET, Cisco, Infosys, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Software AG), professional services companies (e.g., Accenture, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Gartner and PwC) and professional associations (e.g., ACS, CPA, Governance Institute of Australia).

In November 2011, he has been interviewed as part of Gartner’s prestigious Fellow Interview series. His paper on ‘Toward improving the relevance of information systems research to practice: the role of applicability checks‘, published in the MIS Quarterly (2008) and co-authored with Iris Vessey, won the Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Awards for 2012, i.e. it has been chosen as one of the top 50 articles with proven impact since its publication date from the top 300 management journals in the world. Michael Rosemann has been the co-author of conference papers that won the best paper award at CAiSE 1999 (Heidelberg), PACIS 2004 (Shanghai), ACIS 2005 (Manly) and BPM 2010 (New York). His h-index is 61 (i.e., 61 of his papers have been cited at least 61 times) and his papers have attracted more than 16,700 citations (Google Scholar) (February 2018) (see details at Google Scholar)

Michael has been the Chief Investigator on 6 ARC Discovery and 7 ARC Linkage projects since 2001. He has been a member of the ARC College of Experts (2006-2007). His research projects received funding from industry partners such as Accenture, Australia Post, Bank of Queensland, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Ergon Energy, Infosys, Inspirations Paint, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rio Tinto, Queensland Government, Queensland Urban Utilities, SAP, Suncorp, Water Corporation and Woolworths. He conducts annual seminars for QUT’s early and mid career researchers as well as for the senior leadership group on topics such as building professional networks, industry partner engagement, rapid redesign and process improvement in the context of higher education.

Michael regularly provides advice related to performance, innovation and process management to organisations and their executives from diverse industries including telco, banking, insurance, utility, retail, public sector, higher education, logistics and the film industry.

Michael is a member of the Real-World Futures Steering Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board for QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. Michael chaired the MPhil committee and was part of QUT’s Digital Roadmap team. He has been instrumental in the design of QUT’s Masters in Business Process Management. In 2016, he was a member of the Project Leader Reference Group of QUT’s Real Difference project.

In February 2010, Dr Rosemann was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Viktoria Institute, Gothenburg, Sweden. He is member of the Advisory Board of the Software Engineering Research Centre, Jiantong University, Beijing, China. In 2014, he was part of external review panels for ICT schools at the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong. He is a member of IGI’s Global Library Advisory Committee.

Rosemann has been a member of the CITEC Future Operating Model Executive Steering Committee (Qld Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation) and an external member of the Innovation Reference Group of St Margaret’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, between 2014-2016.

As the Honorary Consul for Germany in Brisbane he chairs the German Language Roundtable and engages with and connects relevant political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural communities. He initiated the Brisbane German Week, a series of events showcasing the economic, academic, political, educational and cultural relationships between Queensland and Germany. In 2017, the Brisbane German Week included among others the German Science and Innovation Day, the German Business Day and the official celebrations of the German Day of Unity. Passionate about fostering the exchange of innovative ideas between Germany and Australia, he also organized the Australian-German Start-up Hub Summit (Brisbane, 7 November 2017) and the David meets Goliath series (with the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce).

Academic Qualifications

11/95 Ph.D. in Information Systems
University of Münster, Germany
Title of Ph.D.: Complexity Management in Process Models
3/92 Diplom-Kaufmann (MBA)
University of Münster, Germany

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