Improving Business Processes: Does Anybody have an Idea?

  • Rob J. B. VanwerschEmail author
  • Irene Vanderfeesten
  • Eric Rietzschel
  • Hajo A. Reijers
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9253)


As part of process redesign initiatives, substantial time is spent on the systematic description and analysis of the as-is process. By contrast, to-be scenarios are often generated in a less rigorous way. Only one or a few workshops are organized for this purpose, which rely on the use of techniques that are susceptible to bias and incompleteness, e.g. brainstorming. In this paper, we evaluate a new technique for generating process improvement ideas: the RePro (Rethinking of Processes) technique. Its backbone is formed by process improvement principles that guide practitioners in a systematic and comprehensive exploration of the solution space. An experiment was conducted to compare the performance of the RePro technique with traditional brainstorming. Results confirm the potential for using a more advanced technique during process redesign workshops, but also show that the way such a technique is used strongly affects its performance.


Process redesign Process innovation Improvement principles Controlled experiment RePro 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob J. B. Vanwersch
    • 1
    Email author
  • Irene Vanderfeesten
    • 1
  • Eric Rietzschel
    • 2
  • Hajo A. Reijers
    • 3
  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.VU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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