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2012

Analysis and Comparison of Business Process Management Frameworks

Authors
António Henrique Almeida; Américo Azevedo; Álvaro Gabriel Caldas

Publication
in Proceedings of FAIM 2012 - 22nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing - Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing and Service Systems and Technologies, Helsinquia / Estocolmo, Finlândia / Suécia

Abstract
More and more, the implementation of processes management systems within manufacturing environments not only has increased its popularity, but also has proven that manufacturing productivity can be increased by using better methods for designing, planning and controlling of processes. New technologies and methodologies have been investigated in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of company's processes implementation. According to the business process reengineering approach, since the products and services that a company offers to the market are provided through key processes, a flexible manner to graphically (re)design these processes, at different levels of abstraction, represents the road to the success. However, not only the modeling capabilities of a process are required. Due to the fact that management of dynamic processes is an important issue in rapidly changing production systems, a new generation of business process management systems (BPMS) capable of support

2012

Linking Strategic Goals with Operational Performance: An Integrated Approach

Authors
António Henrique Almeida; Daniel Politze; Américo Azevedo; Álvaro Gabriel Caldas

Publication
IEEE IEEM 2012 - 2012 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Abstract
Due to the increasing globalization and the current economical situation, the power has changed from the producer to the costumer, what force companies to become more aware of the market necessities. To capitalize the business opportunities, manufacturing organizations need to improve their business process and operations in order to become more flexible, manage shorter products life cycles and thus satisfy their customers by continuously adapting themselves to meet the needs and expectations of the market. Hence, in order to gain competitive advantages, decision makers have put a growing interest in investing on new approaches capable to support companies to integrate strategic and operational perspectives, aiming to control their production systems in a more proactive way. Therefore, this paper intends to explore a new integrated strategic performance management approach, capable to support organizations to achieve the World-Class Manufacturing Excellency in a more proactive way.

2012

A Performance Measurement Approach for Complex Manufacturing Processes

Authors
António Henrique Almeida; Américo Azevedo; Álvaro Gabriel Caldas

Publication
in Proceedings of FAIM 2012 - 22nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing - Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing and Service Systems and Technologies, Helsinquia / Estocolmo, Finlândia / Suécia

Abstract
This paper presents the Performance Measurement Engine (PME), which was designed to facilitate performance measurement in complex manufacturing environments. The PME Solution was developed to streamline and speed up the assessment of a manufacturing system's performance using an innovative performance management data model approach. The proposed tool aims to enhance the High Performance Management Resolution concept based on the need to analyse the performance of a production system to the highest level of detail possible. Due to the decrease in the product life cycle, the respective production systems need to be controlled more tightly in order to make it possible to detect bottlenecks and malfunctions before they become critical for the system's behaviour. Within the proposed approach it is possible to define and model any kind of key performance indicator (KPI), expected targets for the different production entities (product, production system sectors, human and machine resources)

2012

Alignment prediction in collaborative networks

Authors
Roberto Piedade Francisco; Américo Azevedo; António Henrique Almeida

Publication
JMTM - Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol.23, no.8, pp.1038-1056

Abstract
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to study the alignment measurement in collaborative networks, using the fit concept and predictive performance measurement as its main enablers. A performance prediction approach is used in order to control a collaborative business network based not only in present and past performance measurements of each partner, but also taking into account the future behaviour of the intra- and inter-organisational processes performance. Design/methodology/approach - An exploratory case study was applied to a Brazilian collaborative network and mathematical approaches normally used in control theory were adopted to support alignment measurement. Findings - The use of predictive measurements to manage the alignment between the results of inter-organisational processes and performance targets set by the collaborative network.

2011

A Flexibility Reference Model to Achieve Leagility in Virtual Organizations

Authors
João Bastos; António Henrique Almeida; Américo Azevedo; Paulo Ávila

Publication
Proceedings ViNOrg '11 - First International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations Emergent Technologies and Tools, Ofir, Portugal

Abstract