Sergio de Cesare



I am a Reader in Accounting Information Systems at Brunel Business School in London (UK). I hold a PhD in Information Systems from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome (Italy) and a Laurea cum laude in Economics and Business from the University of Bari (Italy). I have received research funding of £1.3 million for projects relating to the adoption of ontology in the areas of simulation, enterprise architecture, business process modeling and credit risk. I am the founder of the international workshop series on Ontology-Driven Information Systems Engineering (ODISE) (2009-2014). I was Managing Editor of the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) from 2009-2014 and am currently an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal on Organizational Design and Engineering (IJODE).

Research area(s)

  • Ontology Engineering
  • Information Systems Development
  • Enterprise Modelling and Architecture
  • Philosophical Foundations of Accounting


Research interests

My primary research focus is on Ontology Engineering and its application to the enterprise context in the areas of systems development and re-engineering, business process management and enterprise architecture.

My current funded research projects include:

  • Principle Investigator on Empirical Modelling of Business Process Patterns with Ontologies (EMBO) funded by the EPSRC (EP/K009923/1) for a value of £397,668. From 06/2013 to 09/2016.
  • Co-Investigator on Semantic Credit Risk Assessment in Business Ecosystems (SCRIBE) funded by the EPSRC (EP/L021250/1) for a value of £845,708. From 06/2014 to 09/2017.

Research group(s)



Accounting; Accounting Information Systems; Procurement Fundamentals

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Partridge, C. , de Cesare, S. , Mitchell, A.  and Odell, J.   (Accepted)   'Formalization of the Classification Pattern: Survey of Classification Modeling in Information Systems Engineering'. Software and Systems ModelingDownload publication 

De Cesare, S.  and Partridge, C.   (2016)   'BORO as a Foundation to Enterprise Ontology'. Journal of Information Systems, 30 (2).  doi: 10.2308/isys-51428 Download publication 

Verdonck, M. , Gailly, F. , De Cesare, S.  and Poels, G.   (2015)   'Ontology-driven conceptual modeling: A'systematic literature mapping and review'. Applied Ontology, 10 (3-4).  pp. 197 - 227. doi: 10.3233/AO-150154 Download publication 

Al Nasseri, AA. , Tucker, A.  and de Cesare, S.   (2015)   'Quantifying StockTwits Semantic Terms' Trading Behavior in Financial Markets: An Effective Application of Decision Tree Algorithms'. Expert Systems with Applications. doi: 10.1016/j.eswa.2015.08.008 Download publication 

Heravi, BR. , Lycett, M.  and de Cesare, S.   (2014)   'Ontology-based standards development: Application of OntoStanD to ebXML business process specification schema'. International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 15 (3).  pp. 275 - 297. doi: 10.1016/j.accinf.2014.01.005 

Fernando, S. , Choudrie, J. , Lycett, M.  and de Cesare, S.   (2012)   'Hidden assumptions and their influence on clinicians’ acceptance of new IT systems in the NHS'. Information Systems Frontiers, 14 (2).  pp. 279 - 299. doi: 10.1007/s10796-010-9238-0 Download publication 

Anfinnsen, S. , Ghinea, G.  and De Cesare, S.   (2011)   'Web 2.0 and folksonomies in a library context'. International Journal of Information Management, 31 (1).  pp. 63 - 70. doi: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2010.05.006 Download publication 

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