How to Build a Process-Oriented Organization

The 10th Business Process Management Conference, organized by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, took place in Ljubljana, October 14-15, 2015. The keynote speech “Process Management Practices, Organizational Excellence, and Firm Performance” by M. Kohlbacher was about organizational excellence, i.e. how the organization needs to be designed to gain rigoros performance improvements. Buiding on …

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Process Management in Service Organizations VS. Manufacturing Companies

How is process management applied in service organizations? Do service providers apply process management practices differently to manufacturers? Does firm size play a role? The brand new paper “Process Management Practices: Organizational (Dis-)Similarities” by D. Weitlaner and M. Kohlbacher, published in the The Service Industries Journal a few days ago, addresses these questions. The study …

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The Effects of Process-Oriented Organizational Design on Firm Performance

This article briefly summarizes the study “The Effects of Process-Oriented Organizational Design on Firm Performance”, by M. Kohlbacher and H. A. Reijers, which will be published in the Business Process Management Journal. The study investigates which process management components (i.e. process design and documentation, management commitment towards process management, process ownership, process performance measurement, corporate …

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Process Ownership and Continuous Process Improvement: Effects on Financial Performance and Customer Satisfaction

This article introduces the study “The Joint Impact of Process Ownership and Continuous Process Improvement on Financial Performance and Customer Satisfaction” by D. Weitlaner, M. Kohlbacher and A. Kamagaew, which will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management in Hong Kong in December 2012. The study is nominated for …

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Survey on Process Management: People and Expertise

In a process-oriented firm, people who execute the processes need to have appropriate skills and knowledge. Furthermore, knowledge of certain process improvement, process redesign and change management techniques have to be present. This article discusses the results related to people and expertise of the process management survey. Survey details (research design, sample, etc.) can be …

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The Components of Business Process Management

This article summarizes the study “Process orientation: Conceptualization and Measurement” by Kohlbacher M. and Gruenwald S., to be published in the Business Process Management Journal in 2011, Volume 17, Issue 2. The paper empirically explores the “building blocks” (“components”) of business process management. The article first considers the following definitions of business process management: The …

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Survey on Process Management: The Role of the Process Owner

The existence of process owners is the most visible difference between a process enterprise and a traditional organization (Hammer and Stanton, 1999). This article discusses the issue of the process owner role of the process management survey. Details on the survey (research design, sample, etc.) can be found here. A business process needs to have …

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Continuous Process Improvement, Business Process Orientation and Innovation

This article is a brief summary of the paper “Dynamic Capabilities through Continuous Improvement, Organizational Process Alignment and Innovation” by M. Kohlbacher and M. Ringhofer, which will be presented next week at the 30th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society in Rome (http://rome.strategicmanagement.net). The paper examines the interaction effect of continuous improvement initiatives (e.g. …

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The Characteristics of Process Orientation. Part 8: People and Skills

In a process-oriented firm, people who execute the processes need to have appropriate skills and knowledge. Furthermore, knowledge of certain process improvement, process redesign and change management techniques have to be present. Do process workers have detailed knowledge of how their process is executed? Process performers must have appropriate knowledge of how to execute the …

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