Exploring the Interplay of the Design and Emergence of Business Processes as Organizational Routines

Beverungen, Daniel


Abstract
Much of the BPM literature views business process design and implementation as a top-down process that is built on strategic alignment and managerial control. While this view has enabled the design of many IT artifacts for business processes, it is inconsistent with the observation that information infrastructures, including a company's business process infrastructure, are at drift, a term that refers to the lack of top-down management control. The paper contributes to resolving this inconsistency by developing a meta-framework that conceptualizes business processes as emergent organizational routines that are represented, enabled, and constrained by IT artifacts. IT artifacts are developed in processes of functional-hierarchical decomposition and social design processes. Organizational routines have ostensive and performative aspects, forming a mutually constitutive duality. A literature review demonstrates that the propositions offered by the meta-framework have been insufficiently considered in the BPM field. The paper concludes with an outlook to applying the meta-framework to theorizing on the interplay of design projects with the subsequent emergence of business processes in organizations.

Keywords
Business Process Management, Organizational Routine, Structuration Theory, Emergence, Design, Social Construction of Technology



Publication type
Article in Journal

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2014

Journal
Business and Information Systems Engineering

Volume
6

Issue
4

Start page
191

End page
202

Pages range
191-202

Language
English

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