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Implementing Process Improvement Initiative: The Role of Visualisation and Standardisation Methods

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/05/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Business Process Management Journal
Issue number3
Volume27
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)965-986
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/12/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Purpose: Due to the difficulties organisations face in implementing process improvement initiatives (PIIs), this research explores how visualisation and standardisation of business processes help organisations achieve PIIs to improve organisational performance.
Design and methodology: A multi-staged case study strategy that analyse qualitative data and performs a process modelling analysis of quantitative data.
Findings: The paper makes two main contributions to existing knowledge. Firstly, it explains how taking the visualised and standardised methods on a PIIs can reduce service delivery times and enhance organisational performance. Secondly, it demonstrates how adopting these dual methods offers a better chance of increasing organisational performance than using only a single method.
Research limitations: Although the paper considers the flexibility in the standardisation of business processes as it gives scope for innovation and creativity on the part of the process, it did not consider if flexibility is possible without breaking the standardised working way. Hence, future research can consider this. Also, future research can hypothesise the BPM model and test for statistical generalisability.
Originality: The research offers new insight into how and when both visualisation and standardisation of PIIs can benefit organisations.

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This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.