Business Process Reengineering

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Business Process Reengineering

The use of computers and information technology to improve a company's efficiency. For example, an automobile factory may automate and use more machines, rather than workers, to make cars. Because such companies need fewer workers, they often need fewer managers, who usually command higher salaries. Business process reengineering can increase the speed with which products are made (because machines can work 24 hours a day) and can reduce overhead (because the company needs to pay fewer employees). This is considered beneficial for consumers because it results in less expensive products. However, it is controversial, since some perceive BPR as a cause of unemployment.
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Information on and proven examples of reengineering by chief executives in some of our global village's most successful corporations provided the rough foundation for the handbook.
The heart of business reengineering lies in the notion of discontinuous thinking - identifying and abandoning outdated rules and assumptions.
The reengineering processes are conceived according to the specific features of each activity.
As part of a reengineering process, commissioning testing is especially important in ensuring that the mechanical and electrical systems are truly separated.
He was part of a reengineering project that included changing medical staff bylaws and governance, and rebuilding the quality improvement program.
Importantly, taxpayers do not lose their appeal rights under the reengineering project's provisions: the bottom line for both practitioners and the SBSE is more cooperation and coordination from both parties, which promotes success, reduces audit time, ensures fairness and encourages taxpayer compliance (IR News Release 2001-68 (8/2/01)).
The aim of this article is to conduct an exploratory study into how SMEs apply one such business improvement approach, namely reengineering (Alavi and Yoo, 1995).
Hammer is back, Back with a book that some people could argue is something of a retreat from reengineering, The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade (Crown Business; $27.
The book is presented in six chapters with a substantial discussion of a "case for action" in the Introduction and some important glosses on using reengineering in academia in a section at the end, called Frequently Asked Questions.
To examine the effect of reengineering on the competitive position of hospitals.
IBM and KPMG LLP will both provide business process reengineering and commercial supply chain best practices and experiences.