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Article
Publication date: 1 October 1998

Colin Armistead and Simon Machin

Business process management is coming into the lexicon through the concepts associated with business process re‐engineering (BPR) and total quality management (TQM). TQM…

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Business process management is coming into the lexicon through the concepts associated with business process re‐engineering (BPR) and total quality management (TQM). TQM and BPR have been adopted by service organizations. Two questions are considered. What are the implications of this focus on processes for service productivity? In particular, how does the adoption of a process view affect an organization’s perspective on productivity and the way it is managed? Considers the nature of BPR and the development of approaches to business process management, based on the literature; and presents the development of a case study of the Royal Mail.

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International Journal of Service Industry Management, vol. 9 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-4233

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Publication date: 13 June 2008

Elizabeth Houldsworth and Simon Machin

The purpose of this paper is to present a case study around an approach to team performance management being deployed within the BELRON group of companies. The device…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a case study around an approach to team performance management being deployed within the BELRON group of companies. The device being deployed is the climate measure (OCSII), which is being used within the organisation as an indicator of leadership capability. Although the results of climate surveys may be reported at both team and individual levels, this paper seeks to focus on team climate and how this may be linked to changes in business performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The performance management approach has been aligned to a strategic intent, as championed by the CEO, to focus on leadership development as a key enabler of BELRON's future success. The paper considers the deployment of the climate tool within the Top Teams of three different business units and this is linked to available information relating to performance.

Findings

The paper finds that, within BELRON, there is a belief that the emphasis on climate has been a major contributor to its enhanced business performance over recent years. The paper presents information from three BELRON contexts where changes in climate would appear to precede improvements in business performance. However, despite these examples, i.e. where “high performing climates” appear to be linked with profitability, or other measures of business performance, this is not seen to be universal within the company.

Research limitations/implications

The work reported has limitations in that it focuses on only three positive examples of a possible climate/performance link at BELRON.

Practical implications

The paper makes a key contribution for practitioners, particularly HR, OD professionals and consultants as well as any senior manager concerned with managing performance. The climate survey being deployed in this context (the OCSII) is a tool which has been in use since the 1960s, with many claims made about its links to performance. However, the vast majority of the work has been conducted in a consultancy setting without much coverage in academic literatures.

Originality/value

The paper describes for the reader how the OSCII tool may be deployed to support team performance management. It then describes how the instrument has been deployed within the Top Teams of three business units within BELRON.

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Team Performance Management: An International Journal, vol. 14 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7592

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Publication date: 1 September 1997

Colin Armistead and Simon Machin

Addresses how organizations are approaching Business process management. Following interviews in “leading edge” organizations, qualitative analysis has revealed key themes…

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Addresses how organizations are approaching Business process management. Following interviews in “leading edge” organizations, qualitative analysis has revealed key themes which may help inform others at an earlier stage in developing their approach to business process management. Presents research propositions, based on these themes, and on a categorization of business processes into operational, support, direction setting and managerial processes. There are implications for operations management in both the probable order of addressing these process categories and in the applicability of techniques and concepts from operations management.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 17 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Publication date: 28 August 2009

Details how the organizational climate measure OCSII is being used in the BELRON group of companies as an indicator of leadership capability. Focuses on team climate and

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Purpose

Details how the organizational climate measure OCSII is being used in the BELRON group of companies as an indicator of leadership capability. Focuses on team climate and how this may be linked to changes in business performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Considers the deployment of the climate tool in the top teams of three BELRON business units and links the results to available information relating to performance.

Findings

Reveals that, within BELRON, there is a belief that the emphasis on climate has been a major contributor to its enhanced business performance over recent years. Presents information from three BELRON contexts where changes in climate would appear to have preceded improvements in business performance. Concedes, however, that despite these examples of ‘high‐performing climates’ appearing to be linked with profitability, or other measures of business performance, this is not seen to be universal within the company.

Practical implications

Provides plenty to interest human‐resource management and organizational‐development specialists, as well as other senior managers.

Originality/value

Describes how the OSCII tool may be deployed to support team‐performance management.

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 17 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Publication date: 13 June 2008

Vinh Sum Chau

The purpose of this editorial is to introduce the special issue on the relationship of strategic performance management to team strategy, company performance and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this editorial is to introduce the special issue on the relationship of strategic performance management to team strategy, company performance and organizational effectiveness.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper explains each of the components in this relationship before introducing the problematic issues regarding this relationship and where the gaps are missing in the extant literature; hence the need for the special issue is justified.

Findings

The paper finds that the concluding remarks are offered to suggest that strategic performance management can take place at top management, middle management, or strategic operations levels, and the their impact on team strategy, company performance and organizational effectiveness can be regarded as a special phenomenon, termed “strategic team performance management”.

Originality/value

This editorial provides an overview of this compilation which comprises five original papers that are examples of latest developments in this research area, and each of these articles contains a brief introduction on how they contribute to filling in gaps in the literature.

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Team Performance Management: An International Journal, vol. 14 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7592

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Publication date: 1 March 1999

Jean‐Philip Pritchard and Colin Armistead

This paper reports on the findings of a survey and case study research into the understanding and application of business process management (BPM) in European companies…

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This paper reports on the findings of a survey and case study research into the understanding and application of business process management (BPM) in European companies. The process perspective is increasingly being seen as a mechanism for achieving competitive advantage through performance improvement and in response to market pressures, customer expectations for better and more reliable service and increasing competition. We reveal the level of importance European companies attach to BPM, what it means to them and what they have done in practice. The paper draws on a postal survey conducted with quality directors and business process managers in organisations which are members of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and case studies in a number of organisations regarded as being leaders in the adoption of BPM. The study has helped to highlight some interesting approaches and reveal features which are important for BPM to be successful.

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Business Process Management Journal, vol. 5 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-7154

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Publication date: 4 October 2018

Lucrezia Songini, Chiara Morelli and Paola Vola

Notwithstanding the relevance of managerial control systems (MCS) in any organization, as well the distinctive role they can play in family business, due to its specific…

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Notwithstanding the relevance of managerial control systems (MCS) in any organization, as well the distinctive role they can play in family business, due to its specific features, the literature rarely dealt with the role and characteristics of MCS in family business. Taking into account previous contributions from different disciplines (organization, management accounting, and family business), the current work aims to better understand the state of the art about research in the field of MCS in family business in order to identify main research gaps and propose future research directions.

Forty-five articles have been analyzed, which were issued in 29 sources. Research findings show that the literature on MCS in family business is limited and not very conclusive. Some authors focused on the type of controls, other authors outlined the role of MCS in managerialization and the relation with professionalization. A few studies focused on some specific mechanisms, especially strategic planning and compensation. Some contributes dealt with MCS’ determinants and impacts. Differences between family and non-family firms were proposed. However, a clear and organized picture of the features of MCS in family firms, their determinants, and impacts has not yet been developed. Particularly, the impact of the distinctive features of family business on MCS represents an underdeveloped research field along with how MCS can be differently developed and used in different kinds of family firms. In the light of findings of the literature review, we propose a reference research framework on MCS in family business.

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Performance Measurement and Management Control: The Relevance of Performance Measurement and Management Control Research
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-469-5

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Publication date: 25 September 2007

Siriyama Kanthi Herath

This paper aims to develop a conceptual framework that can be used in studying the changing nature of management control in organizations. It is based on four components…

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Purpose

This paper aims to develop a conceptual framework that can be used in studying the changing nature of management control in organizations. It is based on four components of the management control system, namely: organizational structure and strategy; corporate culture; management information systems; and core control package.

Design/methodology/approach

A range of published works is reviewed to explore the nature of management control.

Findings

The conceptual framework developed in the paper can be used in studying the changing nature of management control in organizations.

Research limitations/implications

This is not an empirical investigation of management control.

Originality/value

The framework presented in this article is useful to both practitioners and researchers of management control.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 26 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Publication date: 13 April 2021

Evrim Tan

The prevalence of anti-EU integration and anti-immigration rhetoric across the continent, the increased presence of Eurosceptic parties in the European Parliament, and…

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The prevalence of anti-EU integration and anti-immigration rhetoric across the continent, the increased presence of Eurosceptic parties in the European Parliament, and most importantly Brexit suggest that the European Union is having an existential crisis. This chapter debates the role of the EU citizenship regime on this crisis, by resting its central thesis that there is a fundamental mismatch between the way that EU citizenship is at present derived from Member State citizenship, and the transnational affinity of the EU citizenry that is invited by the internal market and migration. As a remedy, the chapter projects a supranational EU citizenship regime that coexists with the current EU citizenship regime. Focussing on the social and political imperatives, the chapter brings forward tangible policy recommendations for the proposed EU citizenship regime and expounds how it can be an effective policy instrument for the EU’s internal and external struggles.

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Political Identification in Europe: Community in Crisis?
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-125-7

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Publication date: 1 May 2019

Carmen Daniela Maier and Silvia Ravazzani

The purpose of this paper is to address the need to reconsider online external communication that integrates diversity management (DM) and corporate social responsibility…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address the need to reconsider online external communication that integrates diversity management (DM) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) by examining the multimodal discursive strategies purposefully employed by organizations to reflect the symbiotic relationship between these two areas of management practice and to communicatively emphasize their corporate commitment.

Design/methodology/approach

Building on the recently emerged stream of literature linking DM and CSR, and adopting a critical perspective on discourse analysis, this study delves into the multimodal discursive strategies that help bridge DM and CSR in online external communication. The analytical approach proposed is used for the qualitative analysis of 43 web pages selected from Microsoft company’s “Global Diversity and Inclusion” website.

Findings

Findings highlight the discursive efforts made by the organization to strategically integrate DM and CSR communication into one single framework. The analysis reveals how the coordinates of social practices (social actors and social actions) are purposefully and multimodally recontextualized in the corporate discourse when communicating this integration.

Originality/value

This study extends the focus of critical discourse analysis from exclusively language to the interplay of different semiotic modes, offering a fine-grained exploration of the multimodal meaning construction performed by organizations in the context of online external communication.

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Corporate Communications: An International Journal, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1356-3289

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