Empirical Research in BPM - analysis of an emerging field of research

Empirical Research in BPM - analysis of an emerging field of research

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Unformatted text preview: Empirical research in business process management analysis of an emerging field of research Constantin Houy, Peter Fettke and Peter Loos Institute for Information Systems (IWi), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Saarbruecken, Germany Abstract Purpose The paper aims at providing a survey of the development of empirical research in business process management (BPM). It seeks to study trends in empirical BPM research and applied methodologies by means of a developed framework in order to identify the status quo and to assess the probable future development of the research field. Design/methodology/approach In order to analyse the development of the research field a systematic literature review of empirical journal articles in the BPM context is conducted. The retrieved literature is analyzed by means of scientometric methods and a developed reference framework. Findings The steadily growing number of published articles in empirical BPM research shows an increase in interest in the research field. Research interests, applied methodologies, the underlying research paradigm and the level of maturity of empirical BPM research differ depending on regional aspects. BPM gains importance in the industry as well as in the public administration context. Research limitations/implications The findings are based on a sample of 355 articles and not on an exhaustive amount of available empirical research contributions. Nevertheless, significant analyses can be conducted. Future research could apply the developed reference framework for further literature reviews in order to be able to compare the findings and to measure progress. Originality/value The presented literature review gives an overview of trends in empirical BPM research. The developed and strictly applied reference framework supports a systematic analysis of contributions and can thus draw a significant picture of the state-of-the-art of the research field. To the best knowledge of the authors no such survey has currently been undertaken. Keywords Business process re-engineering, Research, Literature Paper type Literature review 1. Introduction Business process management (BPM) has been an intensely discussed topic in the information systems (IS) research field as well as in practice since the late 1980s. Although earlier works have discussed the idea of process orientation (Nordsieck, 1934), they did not lead to a comprehensive realization of identified potentials. Later on the contributions of Porter (1985), Davenport (1993), Hammer and Champy (1993) and Scheer (1994) have had a considerable impact on the following research and the practical application of provided concepts....
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