Concurrent business process reengineering

Gonzalo Leon, Antti Auer, Timo Jokela

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The publication is aimed at defining the goal of concurrent engineering (CE) in the business process reengineering (BPR) framework and to explore the use of some of its techniques to speed up the reengineering process and to support BPR activities. Starting from an operational definition of the BPR life cycle, the activities along the different phases are analysed. This analysis is considered under the global perspective of a generic BPR project. Definition of reengineering activities is done through the characterization of business processes from several perspectives. Cross impact is analysed through the use of process dependency graphs (PDGs). The possible use of concurrent engineering techniques is analysed under a double perspective: related with specific techniques on each phase of the BPR life cycle and a global consideration of a concurrent BPR life cycle instead of the conventional one to speed up the reengineering process; from this second perspective, a proposal for a BPR life cycle emphasizing concurrent activities is proposed. Major attention is paid to the application of risk management techniques. After the re-definition of risk, impact and exposure in this field, special CE techniques to deal with dynamic risk analysis and mitigation in BPR are used to control and to evaluate risks in specific industrial contexts. An analogy taken from the medical care field is also used in the paper to explain the activities and to explore problems and solutions from a non technical context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages95
ISBN (Print)951-38-4648-2
Publication statusPublished - 1994
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Publications


  • business
  • business analysis
  • business management
  • concurrent engineering
  • software engineering
  • risk management
  • processes
  • modelling
  • reengineering


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