On the importance of organisational culture and structure in business process maturity
Faculty of Applied Economics
Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013) : Reshaping Society through Information Systems Design, 15-18 December 2013, Milan, Italy
University of Antwerp
This article is dedicated to advance knowledge of the organisational role that culture and structure may have in business process maturity. The latter is a measure for the expected business process performance. Particularly, a two-fold approach was followed to explore whether the sequence of realising both organisational concepts matters. First, data mining was applied to find an existence dependency between a process-oriented organisational culture and structure among existing maturity types. Secondly, a literature study was conducted to find management theories that explain the interrelationship between business processes and a process-oriented organisational culture and structure. It turned out that a process-oriented organisational culture and structure are important to business process maturity, but to a different degree. As the organisational culture should precede the organisational structure, no business process maturity type affects structure, without affecting culture. This finding may help organisations reorganise properly, and underpins a holistic business process management discipline.