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The performance impact of business process standardization: An empirical evaluation of the recruitment process

Björn Münstermann (Department of Information Systems and Services, University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany)
Andreas Eckhardt (Institute of Information Systems, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Tim Weitzel (Department of Information Systems and Services, University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 9 February 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show if business process standardization (BPS) has an impact on business process performance and should be considered as both a valid business process management (BPM) measure and a regular driver of process success.

Design/methodology/approach

An empirical analysis based on data from 156 firms is used to evaluate the hypothesis that process standardization positively impacts business process time, cost, and quality.

Findings

First, the paper proposes a model and empirical operationalization to analyze the impact of process standardization on process performance. Second, empirical analysis shows that BPS has a decisive impact on process performance (R2=61.9 percent). Precisely, there is a significant impact on process time, cost, and most notably on quality. The results indicate that the impact is strongest in services firms and varies subject to a firm's strategy type.

Practical implications

The results suggest that BPS should regularly be considered a prime action item and major tool in a firm's BPM toolbox.

Originality/value

The paper is among the first to empirically show the vital impact of process standardization on performance. For academics and practitioners interested in BPM and the value impact of processes, the results suggest adding process standardization as a regular argument into research on and management of business processes.

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Citation

Münstermann, B., Eckhardt, A. and Weitzel, T. (2010), "The performance impact of business process standardization: An empirical evaluation of the recruitment process", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 29-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637151011017930

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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