By Maureen Weicher William W. Chu Wan Ching Lin Van Le Dominic Yu Thanks to Dr. Samuel Ryan of Baruch College, City University of New York © Copyright December, 1995. This paper is was written by a group of MBA and MS students at Baruch College. May be freely quoted as long as credit is given. Please send any questions or comments to Maureen Weicher (email@example.com). Originally posted on www.netlib.com. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Introduction Old Wine in New Bottles? Is BPR a Quick Fix? The Price of Experience The Role of the Leader and Manager Reengineering the Human Resource Human Reengineering Case Study: The Conquering Power of the Small BPR Places the Customer at the Center by Breaking Down Organizational Barriers Is Information Technology an Enabler or a Bottleneck? Alternatives to Reengineering Reengineering Recommendations Bibliography
Introduction The "jumping off" point for this paper is Reengineering the Corporation , by Michael Hammer and James Champy. The paper goes on to review the literature on BPR. It explores the principles and assumptions behind reengineering, looks for common factors behind its successes or failures, examines case studies, and presents alternatives to "classical" reengineering theory. The paper pays particular attention to the role of information technology in BPR. In conclusion, the paper offers some specific recommendations regarding reengineering.
Old Wine in New Bottles
The concept of reengineering traces its origins back to management theories developed as early as the nineteenth century. The purpose of reengineering is to "make all your processes the best-in-class." Frederick Taylor suggested in the 1880's that managers use process reengineering methods to discover the best processes for performing work, and that these processes be reengineered to optimize productivity. BPR echoes the classical belief that there is one best way to...