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The Relationship Between Business Process Reengineering And Soft Systems Methodology: One Possible Weltanschauung?

Grant, K. (1995) The Relationship Between Business Process Reengineering And Soft Systems Methodology: One Possible Weltanschauung? In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 10th - 13th September 1995, Sheffield, UK. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with Soft Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology (SSM): both of which could be used as a framework when undertaking Business Process Reengineering (BPR) studies. SSM is particularly useful in the early stages of problem formulation and conceptualisation of the current business situation, and thereafter its subsequent transposition onto the new future business domain. Action centred research is drawn upon, within a government agency, where the application of systems ideas and systems thinking, in the form of a derivative of SSM, was applied when facilitating the rethinking and restructuring of an information systems development department. A clear rationale is given as to how and why SSM can be used when conceptualising problematic situations, in relation to establishing multiple perceptions of the problem. In particular, emphasis is placed on the value SSM can bring in the early stages of Business Process Reengineering. The value of SSM within BPR studies is summarised as follows: • the conceptualisation of the problem situation • the development and application of agreed and debated consensus models, covering what the organisation is and does • rethinking what the business should be doing utilising similar conceptual models • debating what changes are needed when challenging the current ‘rules’ of business to achieve effective and meaningful BPR. The development of these conceptual models via rich pictures, relevant systems, and especially the use and employment of Consensus Primary Task Conceptual Models, are ideally suited when providing meaningful analysis by encapsulating the organisational dimensions of culture and politics. The paper also explores the need to learn from the impact of BPR on organisations, and presents a case that SSM can be used as a useful framework to aid future BPR activities.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: BPR, SSM, Systems Thinking, Role Analysis, Consensus Primary Task Conceptual Model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 15:21 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45522 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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