Business Processes and StrategyProcess Alignment

Business Processes and StrategyProcess Alignment

Your book proposes a business process management (BPM) model that consists of 10 phases. In this Assessment, you will be applying the concepts to a specific business process. You will select the process you will use in this Assessment.

You will prepare the foundation for your project by identifying a real-world organization that would benefit from applying the business process management (BPM) model in the workplace. You may select the organization where you currently work or where you previously worked. If possible, you should strive to choose an organization and process that you have knowledge about. If you select an organization that you do not have direct contact with, be sure you can gather sufficient information (via the Library, the Internet, or by interviews) about the organization and its operations.

You will need to select a business process that has strategic significance in the organization, involves multiple people, and has sufficient complexity to require measurement and planning.

Begin by carefully reading the summary of the 10 phases that starts on page 106 in your textbook. This will give you an idea of what type of questions you will be asking about the process you select.


For this Assessment, compose a paper that includes the following components (use the subheadings below):

Part 1: Information About the Organization You Selected

Identify and provide details regarding the organization for which you will be presenting information about the BPM model.

Basic information: Company name, location, size, and primary business area (What does the business do?). Also, describe what connection you have to the organization, if any. If not, explain how you will gather information about their operations.

Implementation strategy: Use the model by Treacy and Wiersma in Chapter 13 and identify which one of the three strategic options fits the companys approach the best; explain how and why.

Part 2: Information About the Process You Selected

Describe the specific business process that you have selected to analyze. Clearly state:

The objective of the process.
The scope: Where the process begins and ends.
A brief description of those involved.
Explain each item:

Significance: Does this process have some strategic significance or a significant impact on the operations of the organization? Would company executives care about changes to the process? Explain your answers.
Scope: Does this process have various stakeholders, in addition to multiple people involved in its execution? List both the stakeholders and the various people involved in carrying out the process.
Clarity: Is it possible to identify and list the steps in this process from beginning to end? Briefly list at least five steps, including who executes them.
Outcomes: Are there specific goals and deliverables associated with this process that can be listed and measured? Describe at least two.
In order to ensure the process you select is rich enough to support this project, your answer to the items in the preceding checklist must be yes. If you find that you cannot answer the questions above, you will need to pick another process. Otherwise, you will have difficulty completing your Assessment.

Part 3: Strategic Justification

Why should the company undertake a BPM project on this process? (What are the triggers based on Table 4.1? Provide at least one.)
How can this business or organization benefit from a BPM effort?
Part 4: Alignment of the Process to the Company Strategy

Based on the concepts in Chapter 13 in your textbook, assess the following elements:

How well does the process you selected support strategic choice (based on 12 above)? Your analysis should be specific to the selected business process and not a general discussion of the business.
Where in Table 13.7 would this process fall with respect to the BPM activity and approach? Explain.
Minimum Submission Requirements

This Assessment should be a Microsoft Word (minimum 350 words) document, in addition to the title and reference pages.
Respond to the questions in a thorough manner, providing specific examples of concepts, topics, definitions, and other elements asked for in the questions. Your paper should be highly organized, logical, and focused.
Your paper must be written in Standard English and demonstrate exceptional content, organization, style, and grammar and mechanics.
Your paper should provide a clearly established and sustained viewpoint and purpose.
Your writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.
A separate page at the end of your research paper should contain a list of references, in APA format. Use your textbook, the Library, and the internet for research.
Be sure to cite both in-text and reference list citations were appropriate and reference all sources. Your sources and content should follow proper APA citation style. Review the APA formatting and citation style resources found in the Writing Center. The Writing Center can be found in the Academic Success Center in the Academic Tools area of your course. (It should include a title page, paper is double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, correct citations, Standard English with no spelling or punctuation errors, and correct references on the last page.)
Clear business writing; spelling and grammar acceptable; effective use of APA; followed the required format and instructions.

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