Graduate BPM Certificate

Addressing the need for BPM Professionals

Business Process Management (BPM) addresses the analysis, design, implementation, and improvement of enterprise processes. It combines mature organizational concepts (BPR, Six Sigma, TQM) and process-supporting technologies such as workflow management, BPM Suites and service-enabled systems. The use of Business Process Automation technology promises significant efficiency gains for organizations through the automated coordination of activities, allocation of tasks to process participants and the integration of applications. Demand for BPM is driven by opportunities related to ongoing process performance improvement, process outsoucing / offshoring and the interest in process standards such as ITIL and SCOR. Not surprisingly, global analysts such as the Gartner Group have identified Business Process Management as the number one priority of CIOs for a number of years.

Target Audience

The BPM and Service Innovation certificate primarily addresses the needs of practitioners engaged in, or considering initiatives for process improvement. The certificate modules cover topics relevant to business representatives involved in process analysis projects, IT staff involved in process automation efforts, and executives involved in strategic process improvement initiatives. The program is also suitable for IT organizations with BPM tool offerings and provides business-level education for sales-force personnel, technical staff, and consultants.

Certificate Structure

The certificate contains three core courses in BPM, starting with a strategy-focused module (MIS 710 – Process Innovation & Management) that covers the transition from organizational goals to high-level process design. The second module (MIS 712 – BPM & Workflow Implementation) continues from the process design level and covers implementation aspects, change management, and technology platforms for Business Process support, including hands-on exercises with industry-leading BPM and Workflow applications. The third module focuses on the design of innovative service organizations (SME 720 – Service Innovation). These three modules are complemented by an elective that either applies process management to the supply chain management domain (MIS 690 – Supply Chain Management) or a practicum that allows participants to report on a research or practical project in the BPM context (MIS 800).

MIS-710 Process Innovation & Management

This course focuses on translating organizational strategy into effective process designs. Starting with a definition of organizational goals, students learn how to create as-is and to-be process maps, how to evaluate the alignment of process and organizational goals, and practice reengineering approaches as proposed by Hammer and Champy, Davenport, Harrington and others. The course covers the design of processes to meet organizational efficiency goals and the related design of process-oriented organizations. Further topics explored in this course are value-focused process engineering as well as risk and compliance management through BPM. In terms of BPM Maturity this course discusses the aspects of BPM governance, culture and strategic alignment.

MIS 712 – BPM and Workflow Implementation

This course continues the topics of MIS 710 and leads from process design through implementation to the management of workflows and their underlying technology systems. The course is focused on the technical and implementation aspects of BPM. Students learn the distinction between business processes and business rules and how they can be implemented in information systems. The course outlines the technical structure of process-aware applications and provides an overview of technology standards that affect BPM systems. The course is completed by modules on the run-time monitoring of processes and post-execution evaluation techniques. In terms of BPM Maturity this course focuses on the technology, methodical and people aspects.

SME 720 – Service Innovation

This course focuses on the identification, design, and deployment of innovative services in organizations. A service is a means of delivering customer value by providing certain outcomes that customers want to achieve without the need to own specific assets, costs, or risks. The course highlights case studies of organizations that have successfully engineered service offerings in product-centric, technology-centric, information-centric and people-centric environments. As organizations are shifting from requirements-driven product design to needs-focused service design, they need to understand the full lifecycle of service identification, design, transition, and operation, supported by continual service improvement. They need to synchronize the different lifecycles of products, customers, and services. Students will learn how to identify and realize innovative service opportunities and how modern information technology enables service innovation. The concepts conveyed in this course are applicable to enterprises in traditional service industries (e.g. finance, healthcare, telecom, logistics, professional services), as well as organizations in traditionally product-focused industries (e.g. manufacturing, high technology).

MIS 690 – Supply Chain Management & Strategy

Every organization has three essential (core) processes: Product/Service Development (Innovation Management); Product/Service Sales (Customer Relationship Management); and Product/Service Delivery (Supply Chain Management). This fourth course in the BPM & SI certificate applies the concepts of the previous modules in the supply chain management domain. Students are introduced to the concept of the extended enterprise and learn how interorganizational processes can be structured and optimized. The concepts taught in this course are applicable to both services and manufacturing enterprises.

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