Application 1 – analysis and synthesis of prior research


Application 1 – Analysis and Synthesis of Prior Research

At professional conferences, blocks of time may be set aside for what are termed “poster sessions.” A hotel ballroom or large open area will be ringed with individuals who use displays such as posters or electronic presentations displayed via projectors. These sessions provide an opportunity to share one’s research in an intimate setting, with a small group gathered around who share a similar interest. The seminar format of this course is very similar to this academic exchange. During one set of paired weeks, you will be appointed as a Group Leader. If you are one of the Group Leaders for this week, you are to prepare an academic presentation, much like a poster session.

Your presentation should present an analysis and synthesis of prior research and will begin the interaction with your colleagues. 

You will prepare an academic paper of between 5–7 pages in APA format, as well as a PowerPoint presentation of 7–10 slides. This analysis will be an open-ended introduction to relevant topics of study regarding organizational performance improvement. Your goal, as the presenter, should be to persuade your discussants that the approach (es) you have analyzed and synthesized is/are a sound means for discovering new methods to manage business processes. 

You should acknowledge that there are other models, or means to study various methodologies such as BPM, TQM, CPI, and LEAN model, but you should strive to be as persuasive as possible that the specific concepts you have reviewed are exciting research avenues and that they are potentially breakthrough areas for advancing the understanding of organizational performance improvement and business process management.

Your paper and presentation should contain the following elements:

· An incorporation and analysis of at least 5 of the required resources from this pair of weeks

· The incorporation and analysis of 5 additional resources from the Walden Library

· An identification of principal schools of thought, tendencies in the academic literature, or commonalities that define the academic scholarship regarding your topic

· An evaluation of the main concepts with a focus on their application to management practice and their impact on positive social change

In addition to the above elements, the Group Leader(s) for this week will focus thematically on:

· Evaluating and summarizing best practices related to organizational performance improvement, and describing the benefits of each best practice and strategies for its successful implementation.

· Defining the current key research themes and trends in organizational performance improvement

· Identifying the key elements of BPM organizational infrastructure, including training and certification for master black belts, black belts and green belts

· Analyzing and contrasting CMM models and explaining their relationships to BPM



· Agrawal, V.K., & Haleem, A. (2003). Culture, environmental pressures, and the factors for successful implementation of business process engineering and computer-based information systems. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, 4(1/2), 27-47. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

· Clott, C. B. (2004). Perspectives on global outsourcing and the changing nature of work. Business & Society Review, 109(2), 153-170. DOI: 10.1111/j.0045-3609.2004.00189.x

· Gershon, M. (2010). Choosing which process improvement methodology to implement. The Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 10(5), 61-70. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Complete database.

· Grant, D. (2002). A wider view of business process reengineering. Communications of the ACM, 45(2), 85-90. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

· Montgomery, D. C. (2010). A modern framework for achieving enterprise excellence. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 1(1), 56. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Complete database

· Snee, R. (2010). Lean Six Sigma—g etting better all the time. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 1(1), 9. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Complete database.

· Stoica, M., Chawat, N., & Shin, N. (2003). An investigation of the methodologies of business process reengineering. Proceedings of ISECON 2003 San Diego, 20, 1-8. Retrieved from:

· The impact of business process management and applicant tracking systems on recruiting process performance: an empirical study


· A Model-driven and Service-oriented framework for the business process improvement Andrea Delgado1 , Francisco Ruiz2 , Ignacio García-Rodríguez de Guzmán2, Mario Piattini2