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Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154
Previously published as: Business Process Re-engineering & Management Journal

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Managing Quality

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Service process analysis using process engineering and the theory of constraints thinking process


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Title:Service process analysis using process engineering and the theory of constraints thinking process
Author(s):Daniel Pacheco Lacerda, (Centro de Technologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Ricardo Augusto Cassel, (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS, São Leopoldo, Brazil), Luis Henrique Rodrigues, (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS, São Leopoldo, Brazil)
Citation:Daniel Pacheco Lacerda, Ricardo Augusto Cassel, Luis Henrique Rodrigues, (2010) "Service process analysis using process engineering and the theory of constraints thinking process", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.264 - 281
Keywords:Higher education, Process analysis, Process planning, Systems analysis, Thinking
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/14637151011035598 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The paper aims to present a case of integration between process engineering and the thinking process of the theory of constraints (TP-TOC) through the analysis of an organization's processes, pointing out the complementary aspects between the two theories and their benefits for the organization.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper has used an Institution of Higher Education as its case study. The research has started by identifying the processes of the institution and choosing one to model according to the process engineering approach. The process was then analyzed through the elaboration of the current reality tree technique. After the analysis, the evaporating clouds technique was applied in order to breach the assumptions that were avoiding the problems to be solved. Finally, the process has been redesigned based on the results of the previous steps.

Findings – The analysis of this case contributes towards understanding and identifying the causes of the current problems in the studied processes, providing a systemic and systematic view through the proposed approach.

Originality/value – The paper proposes an approach that enables a systematic and systemic analysis of organizations' processes through the use of process engineering and the TP-TOC.



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