The 15th International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2024)

November 18-20, 2024 Utrecht, The Netherlands
ICSOB 2024 ICSOB 2024 | The International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB) attracts both researchers and practitioners who are concerned with software-intensive business in different ways, and brings them together to share their findings and experiences from the field of software-intensive business.



We are delighted to invite you to contribute to the 15th International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2024), to be held in the beautiful city of Utrecht, Netherlands, on November 18-20, 2024. This conference aims to foster a vibrant community of researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and findings on the rapidly evolving field of software business.


Conference Theme : Ethics, Equity, and Sustainability in Software Business

The International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB) 2024 aims to redefine the software industry’s future through a scientific lens, focusing on ethics, equity, and sustainability. As digital transformation becomes ubiquitous, integrating these principles into software development and business strategies is crucial for fostering social justice, human rights, and democracy. ICSOB 2024 invites interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to address ethical challenges, promote inclusivity, and ensure sustainable practices in the software sector. Key areas of exploration include ethical considerations in software product management, the role of emerging technologies like Blockchain and Generative AI in shaping ethical frameworks, and the implementation of sustainability metrics within software ecosystems. The conference will emphasize the development of transparent, trustworthy software business models that champion diversity and equity. Through scientific inquiry, case studies, and workshops, ICSOB 2024 seeks to catalyze innovation at the nexus of ethics, equity, and sustainability, contributing to a software business paradigm that prioritizes long-term ecological and social well-being. This gathering will serve as a platform for generating actionable insights and fostering a software industry that is not only technologically advanced but also ethically responsible and inclusive.

The Conference holds societal impact and international importance as it tackles the pivotal challenges of managing and innovating within software-intensive businesses in our rapidly evolving digital landscape. In an era marked by relentless technological advancements and an insatiable demand for innovation, ICSOB 2024 stands as a critical platform for addressing the implications of digital transformation on society. By fostering a dialogue on ethical, equitable, and sustainable practices in the software business, the conference directly contributes to shaping a future where technology not only advances economic growth but also promotes social justice, human rights, and environmental stewardship. The conference’s emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in software ecosystems resonates with global efforts to bridge digital divides and ensure that the benefits of digital transformation are accessible to all, thereby reinforcing its international significance. ICSOB 2024’s call for both research and industry papers underscores its commitment to bridging the gap between academic inquiry and practical application, ensuring that the insights generated have real-world relevance and impact. By highlighting industry case studies and pioneering research in software-intensive business, the conference acts as a beacon for international collaboration, knowledge exchange, and innovation, setting a precedent for responsible and inclusive growth in the digital age.

Topics of Interest, but not limited to:

  • Ethics in Software Product Management and Development
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Software Ecosystems, Digital Services, Systems, and Digital Transformation
  • Transparency and Trustability in Software Business
  • Ethical Issues in Emerging Software Technologies (e.g., Blockchain, Generative AI, …)
  • Emerging Technologies and Sustainability in Software Business
  • Sustainable Practices in Software Ecosystems, Platforms, and Business Models
  • Ethical Considerations in Software Business Development
  • Startups, Entrepreneurship, and New Ventures with a Focus on Equity and Sustainability
  • Human-Centered Design and Ethical Software Engineering
  • Empowering Equality and Inclusivity in Software Development
  • Sustainability Metrics and Measurement
  • Decision-making in Software Engineering (design decisions in software architecture, technology selection, ...)

Paper Submission Categories:

  • Full Research Papers (up to 15 pages): Detailed studies and analyses of novel approaches in software business.
  • Short Position and Practice Papers (up to 6 pages): Industry insights, case studies, artifacts, and explorations of new areas.
  • Posters and demos (up to 4 pages)

Special Tracks and Additional Opportunities:

  • Workshop and Tutorial Proposals: We invite proposals for engaging and informative workshops and tutorials. The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2024.
  • Poster and Demo Track: A chance to present early-stage research, innovative ideas, and practical implementations. The submission deadline for this track is September 2, 2024.
  • PhD Retreat: A unique opportunity for PhD students to receive feedback on their research. Submissions for the PhD retreat are due by September 2, 2024.

We also anticipate a range of networking events and keynote speeches from leading figures in the field, providing attendees with valuable insights and collaboration opportunities.

For detailed information on submission formats, guidelines, and the conference program, please visit our conference website.

Join us in Utrecht for what promises to be an enlightening and engaging event, contributing to the critical discourse on ethics, equity, and sustainability in the software business.


Important Dates

Note: all the deadlines are AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time. AoE time is 12 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Full Research Papers, Short Position and Practice Papers:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline(OPTIONAL): September 2, 2024
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: September 9, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 7, 2024
  • Camera-ready Papers Due: November 4, 2024
  • Conference Dates: November 19-20, 2024

Posters and demos:

  • Submission Deadline: September 2, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: September 16, 2024
  • Camera-ready Papers Due: September 30, 2024
  • Conference Dates: November 19-20, 2024

PhD Retreat:

  • Submission Deadline: September 2, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: September 16, 2024
  • Camera-ready Papers Due: September 30, 2024
  • Conference Dates: November 18, 2024