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Which cultural values matter to business process management? Results from a global Delphi study

Theresa Schmiedel (Institute of Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein)
Jan vom Brocke (Institute of Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein)
Jan Recker (Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 12 April 2013

Abstract

Purpose

Business process management (BPM) requires a holistic perspective that includes managing the culture of an organization to achieve objectives of efficient and effective business processes. Still, the specifics of a BPM‐supportive organizational culture have not been examined so far. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to identify the characteristics of a cultural setting supportive of BPM objectives.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper examines the constituent values of a BPM‐supportive cultural setting through a global Delphi study with BPM experts from academia and practice and explore these values in a cultural value framework.

Findings

The paper empirically identifies and defines four key cultural values supporting BPM, viz., customer orientation, excellence, responsibility, and teamwork. The paper discusses the relationships between these values and identifies a particular challenge in managing these seemingly competing values.

Research limitations/implications

The identification and definition of these values represents a first step towards the operationalization (and empirical analysis) of what has been identified as the concept of BPM culture, i.e. a culture supportive of achieving BPM objectives.

Practical implications

Identifying these cultural values provides the basis for developing an instrument that can measure how far an existing cultural context is supportive of BPM. This, in turn, is fundamental for identifying measures towards achieving a BPM culture as a necessary, yet not sufficient means to obtain BPM success.

Originality/value

The paper examines which cultural values create an environment receptive for BPM and, thus, specifies the important theoretical construct BPM culture. In addition, the paper raises awareness for realizing these values in a BPM context.

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Citation

Schmiedel, T., vom Brocke, J. and Recker, J. (2013), "Which cultural values matter to business process management? Results from a global Delphi study", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 292-317. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637151311308321

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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