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From the boundaries of management to the management of boundaries: Business processes, capabilities and negotiations

Andrea Caputo (Lincoln Business School, Lincoln, UK)
Raffaele Fiorentino (Department of Business and Economics, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Naples, Italy)
Stefano Garzella (Department of Business and Economics, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Naples, Italy)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Publication date: 27 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine some of the new capabilities that are required for the facilitation of business processes management (BPM) in the current political and technological landscape. Specifically, the goal is to investigate the role of firm boundaries, from a business processes perspective, in new contexts in which the affirmation of digitalization requires more integration across a complex network of partners.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on a review of relevant literature on BPM, firm boundaries and negotiation. By critically integrating this literature, a framework is developed with the objective of supporting the management of boundaries.

Findings

BPM, new competitive contexts, and the technological landscape require the development and management of boundary capabilities. Among these capabilities, “boundary management” – how managers coordinate resources, activities and business processes on the boundaries of the firm – should play a key role. Moreover, as managers must continuously interact with multiple partners in digital supply chains, the organizational model of negotiation serves as a means of effectively managing firm boundaries.

Practical implications

The framework offers insights and guidelines that can help practitioners manage the boundaries of business processes. The authors encourage a focus on business processes occurring at firm boundaries. Furthermore, the authors encourage the development of new capabilities in response to the needs of practitioners to ensure best practices of negotiation.

Originality/value

This study shifts the emphasis of BPM from the boundaries of management to the management of boundaries. By shedding light on new capabilities required, this paper enriches the BPM literature and can assist, on the one hand, in reconfiguring business processes in the new political and technological landscape and, on the other hand, in facilitating effective negotiation.

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Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Research Funding Program of the University of Naples Parthenope.

Citation

Caputo, A., Fiorentino, R. and Garzella, S. (2019), "From the boundaries of management to the management of boundaries: Business processes, capabilities and negotiations", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 391-413. https://doi.org/10.1108/BPMJ-11-2017-0334

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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