Jan Vanthienen

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Jan Vanthienen (born 1954) is a Belgium organizational theorist and Professor of Information systems at Leuven University (KU Leuven), known for his contributions to Business Process Modeling and Business Engineering.[1]


Vanthienen received MA in Applied Economics and computer science at the Leuven University in 1979, and a PhD in Applied Economics at the Department of Applied Economics, Leuven University, in 1986.[2]

He started working as a Researcher at the Leuven University in 1979, where he became an Associate professor in 1987, a Professor in 1994, and a Full Professor in 1996. At the moment, in 2009, he is chairholder of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Chair on E-Business at KU Leuven and co-chairholder of the Microsoft Research Chair on Intelligent Environments. He has been a visiting professor at Loyola College in Maryland, Sellinger School of Business and Management, Baltimore, Md in 1991, at the University of Antwerp since 1998 and at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School from 2000 to 2003.[2]

Vanthienen has been a member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Informatie" from 1995 to 1999, "International Journal of Digital Accounting" since 2001 and "Expert Systems with Applications" since 2002.

He is a founding member of the Leuven Institute for Research in Information Systems (LIRIS), and a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.[2]


His research interests are in the field of Information systems: Information systems analysis and design, business rules & business processes, business intelligence, knowledge-based systems, intelligent systems, object-oriented development, decision tables, e-learning, information management.[2]

More specific research topics are Business rule modeling, rule-based business processes, E-business, business intelligence, Artificial Intelligence Marketing, knowledge based systems, V&V, decision tables, help desk and service automation.[3]


Vanthienen has published numerous papers, articles and other publications.[4] A selection:


  1. ^ Jan Vanthienen List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server. Accessed June 21, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Curriculum Vitae - Jan Vanthienen. Accessed June 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Jan Vanthienen Personal homepage. Accessed June 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Publications Jan Vanthienen. Accessed June 21, 2009.

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