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What is the standardized set of activities that accomplish a specific

What is the standardized set of activities that accomplish a specific


School: Missouri State University
Department: Business
Course: Information Systems in Business
Professor: Richard johnson
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: Strategic, intitatives, implementing, competitive, advantages, Computer, information, Systems, business, and process
Cost: 25
Name: Chapter 3 Notes: Strategic Initiatives for Implementing Competitive Advantages
Description: Notes from chapter 3 of the textbook
Uploaded: 08/31/2016
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Chapter 3: Strategic Initiatives for Implementing Competitive Advantage Business Process Reengineering

What is the standardized set of activities that accomplish a specific task, such as processing a customer’s order?

Business process – standardized set of activities that accomplish a specific task,  such as processing a customer’s order.  

∙ Transforms a set of inputs into a set of outputs- goods and services- for  another person or process by using people and tools

Workflow- includes the tasks, activities, and responsibilities required to execute  each step in a business process.  If you want to learn more check out What are the three parts of a long bone?
Don't forget about the age old question of What does government mean?

Business Process Reengineering BPR- is the analysis and redesign of workflow within and between enterprises

∙ Companies pride themselves on their product/services, but is no use if  customers don’t receive what they want in a timely hassle-free manner. ∙ Cross-functional process

What is the meaning of workflow in business?

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Sample Business Process 

∙ Accounting

o Creating financial statements  

o Paying of accounts payable  We also discuss several other topics like How to make the branch diagram?

o Collecting of accounts receiving  

∙ Marketing and Sales  

o Promoting of discounts

o Communicating marketing campaigns

o Attracting customers

o Processing sales Don't forget about the age old question of What is another word for decompose?

∙ Operations management  

o Ordering inventory  

o Creating production schedules  

o Manufacturing goods

∙ Human Resources

o Hiring employees

o Enrolling employees in health care

o Tracking vacation sick time

What does bpr stand for?

Customer-facing processes (front-office) process- results in a product or  service received by an organization’s external customer. 

∙ Fulfilling orders, communicating with customers, sending out bills, and  marketing information

Business-facing processes (back-office processes) – invisible to the external  customer but essential to the effective management of the business; they include  goal setting, planning day-to day planning, giving performance feedback and  rewards, and allocating resources.  

∙ Creating value for customers is the leading reason for instituting BPR

∙ Focuses on revamping process completely rather than using original process  as a starting off point  

1. Customer-Facing Processes  

a. Example: order processing, customer service, sales process, customer  billing, order shipping

2. Industry- Specific Customer Facing Processes We also discuss several other topics like What is the purpose of generally accepted accounting principles?

a. Example: banking-loan processing, insurance- claims processing,  government- grant allocation, hotel-reservation handling, airline baggage handling

3. Business-Facing Processes

a. Example: strategic planning, tactical planning, budget forecasting,  training, purchasing  

raw material

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain – includes all parties involved, directly or indirectly, in  obtaining materials or products.  


Parts raw material storageproductiondistribution to  


Supply chain management (SCM) – is the management of information  flows between and among activities in a supply chain to maximize total  supply chain effectiveness and corporate profitability. 

∙ Create fast, efficient, and low cost network or business relationships  that take products from concepts to market.  

∙ SCM create the integrations and information linkage between all  participates in supply chain

∙ Decrease buyers power and increase supplier power

∙ increase efficiencies while seeking competitive advantage 5 Basic Supply Chain Activities 

1. Plan- prepare to manage all resources required to meet demand 2. Source- build relationships with suppliers to produce raw materials  3. Make- manufacture products and create production schedules 4. Plan for transportation of goods to customers 

5. Support customers and product returns  

Customer Relationship Management

Today’s marketplace is more customer focused than sales focused due to  competitors being a click away

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)– involves managing all  aspects of a customer’s relationships with an organization to increase  customer loyalty and retention and an organizations profitability.  

∙ Allows organization to gain insight on customers

∙ CRM tracks communication between customer and organization  ∙ Firms can find their most valuable customers with RFM formula o How recently customer purchased items

o How frequently a customer purchases items

o The monetary value of each customer purchase

∙ After the firm collects this CRM info it searches for patterns I.E. a  customer only buying at the peak of the season, so the firm offers a  seasonal deal.  

Three phases of CRM 

1. Reporting 

a. Customer identification: Asking what happened

b. Example: how many customers do we have?

c. Uses CRM reporting technologies

2. Analyzing 

a. Customer segmentation: asking why it happened?

b. Example: why did sale not meet forecast

c. Uses CRM analysis technologies

3. Predicting  

a. Customer Prediction: asking what will happen

b. Example: which products will our customers buy?

c. Uses CRM predicting technologies

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) 

∙ Integrates all departments and functions through an organization into  a single IT system so that employees can make decisions by viewing  enterprise-wide information on all business operations

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