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Business process orientation in the Slovenian power supply

Rajko Novak (MRR LCC, Nova Gorica, Slovenia)
Aleksander Janeš (Faculty of Management, Univerza na Primorskem, Koper, Slovenia)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 19 July 2018

Issue publication date: 18 June 2019




The purpose of this paper is to empirically evaluate business process orientation (BPO) of the Slovenian power supply business.


Within the empirical investigation, the level of BPO maturity was measured in the 19 organizations of the power supply business. The survey was focused on the top, middle and lower managers. As a measuring instrument, a questionnaire for the extended concept of process orientation with nine elements was used.


The results of the BPO measurement show that, despite this long-standing preoccupation with processes, certified management system and the computerization of operations, process maturity is not high. Particularly the lowest score for information technology represents a surprise.

Practical implications

This research makes significant contributions to the literature and above all to scholars and practitioners who work professionally in this field and will find useful guidance for a better understanding of applying BPO and maturity models.

Social implications

One important reason for performing the maturity measurement in the power supply business is the importance of its activities for the operation and development and environmental impact of the whole of Slovenian society.


Presented research is the first one which considers the BPO maturity in the Slovenian power supply business and therefore contributes to understanding of the “intangible factors” which have impact on the introduction of business process management and BPO.



Novak, R. and Janeš, A. (2019), "Business process orientation in the Slovenian power supply", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 780-798.



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