Examines the problems, and the limitations, of the use of process mapping techniques in the light of sociotechnical experience in systems analysis. To do this, first, the fundamental characteristics of the various process mapping techniques are illustrated, highlighting how these can be characterised by a conception of business processes based on the notion of “technology” which has been developed within modernist organisation theory. Then, the contribution of sociotechnical theory to office work analysis and design is presented, with particular reference to the work of Calvin Pava on the relationship between the method of analysis and the nature of work. Concludes with some reflections on the residual role attributed to social aspects within process mapping and on the problem of artificial rationality and linearity linked to an acritical use of modelling languages.
Biazzo, S. (2002), "Process mapping techniques and organisational analysis: Lessons from sociotechnical system theory", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 42-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637150210418629Download as .RIS
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