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5309697: C19 BPM and Organizational Practice

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Semester:SS 22
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

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Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2019)


BPM and Organisational Practice explores Business Process Management (BPM) through an organisational-studies lens, so it is a BPM elective. Emphasizing the duality of stability and change in organisational work, the course covers the factors, mechanisms, and interventions that affect how processes behave over time. The course covers six primary topics:

• Organisation theory
• Process- and practice-based research
• Organisational routines
• Intra-organisational dynamics and endogenous change
• Organisational learning, unlearning, and forgetting
• The role of agency and intention in the execution of organisational work

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students will

Professional competence
• understand the key assumptions and management implications of BPM
• understand key assumptions about process work from organisation theory
• understand the main concepts of (strong) process theory
• understand the main competence of routine dynamics theory

Methodological competence
• be able to synthesize the main tenets of two different scientific fields (BPM and routine dynamics)
• be able to analyse organisational phenomena through the lens of (strong) process theory
• be able to attend to (subtle) social dynamics evolving throughout organising processes

Social competence
• Be able to change roles when addressing managerial questions (role as BPM expert versus role as organisation theorist)
• Be able to work together with colleagues on case assignments

Personal competence
• Be able to find unconventional approaches to BPM-related question
• Be able to reflect on strengths and weaknesses from specific scientific fields

Technological competence
• Know about ways to observe and measure process dynamics


Lectures Method

The course involves interactive lectures with exercises to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical design and analysis skills.


• Students are provided with the lecture slides and supplementary material (e.g., selected journal articles).
• Langley, A., & Tsoukas, H. (2017). The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. London, UK: SAGE Publications.

Exam Modalities

Written exam (60min)