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Date of Award

Fall 1995

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Business Administration in Aviation

Department

Aviation Business Administration

Committee Chair

Dr. James Swanson

Committee Member

Dr. Thomas Hilburn

Committee Member

Dr. Abe Harraf

Abstract

This thesis addresses the problem of lack of procedures by which managers can identify business processes that would benefit from reengineering and which could be used to guide the BPR activity to its successful conclusion. The purpose of this study is to analyze various Software Engineering (SE) principles to determine whether they could be used to support Business Process Reengineering (BPR) activities either directly or with some modification, and if so, whether available Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools might be applied to BPR in support of managers who wish to implement it. The principles of SE and BPR are discussed and the extent to which CASE tools can comply with BPR's effort of revising and eliminating irrelevant standards and processes is analyzed. The research showed that SE and BPR have several, but not all, principles in common and thus, certain CASE tools can be utilized in BPR process. The study suggested the next step in BPR research be toward coming up with procedures to help implement BPR in an organization.

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