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Survey on Process Management: Definition and Documentation of Business Processes

This article discusses the issue “documentation of business processes” of the process management survey. Details on the survey (research design, sample, etc.) can be found here.

Most firms have defined a complete and uniform enterprise process model. The item “Our firm has developed a complete and uniform enterprise process model illustrating the business processes of the organization” was rated by the firms in the sample as follows:

  • 22,00%: Disagree
  • 16,67%: Neither agree nor disagree
  • 61,33%: Agree

Most firms document the design of their business processes (and keep the documentation up-to-date). The statement “The business processes of our firm are documented in a sufficiently detailed way” was rated by the firms in the sample as follows:

  • 15,33%: Disagree
  • 29,33%: Neither agree nor disagree
  • 55,33%: Agree

The statement “Process documentation is always timely updated after process design has changed” was rated by the firms in the sample as follows:

  • 18,00%: Disagree
  • 28,00%: Neither agree nor disagree
  • 54,00%: Agree

Most firms have defined inputs, outputs, customers and suppliers of their business processes. The statement “Inputs and outputs of our firm’s processes are clearly defined” was rated by the firms in the sample as follows:

  • 16,67%: Disagree
  • 36,67%: Neither agree nor disagree
  • 46,67%: Agree

The statement “The internal/external customers as well as the internal/external suppliers of our organization’s processes are clearly defined” was rated by the firms in the sample as follows:

  • 13,51%: Disagree
  • 37,16%: Neither agree nor disagree
  • 49,32%: Agree

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