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A weakness determination and analysis model for business process improvement

Semih Coskun (Department of Industrial Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Huseyin Basligil (Department of Industrial Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Hayri Baracli (Department of Industrial Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 18 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Modeling of the methods for providing improvements in business processes by value adding is researched with an integrated approach. The main purpose in this approach is improving the processes by determining and analyzing the weak points and reducing the weakness degrees.

Design/methodology/approach

The designed model determines weak points that need to be improved, analyzes them to find privileged processes in improvement by considering improvement costs and obtains the improvement degrees for defining the improvement strategy by four‐phase business process improvement framework: start‐up, self analysis, defining improvement strategy for making changes, feedback, and continuous improvement.

Findings

The key factor in keeping up with changes in market conditions is systematic application of improvement efforts and providing planned and controlled value addition with these improvements. Decision problems in process improvement can be structured to provide input data suitable for multi‐criteria decision making techniques and results meet the solution expectations.

Research limitations/implications

The reason for using analytical hierarchy process, goal programming, and linear programming model is to select the process and determine its improvement degree. Solving the decision problems by these techniques is a time consuming process, so forming suitable programs with decision support systems will be useful.

Practical implications

The theoretical structure of the modeled techniques in this study was examined with an industrial application. The application process and the results suitability were determined.

Originality/value

The proposed model shows improvement amounts according to the amount of defined importance degrees. It presents an advantage to decision makers by giving concrete improvement values from model results determining their improvement strategies.

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Citation

Coskun, S., Basligil, H. and Baracli, H. (2008), "A weakness determination and analysis model for business process improvement", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 243-261. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637150810864961

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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