According to the ABPMP International's Guide to The Business Process Management Common Body Of Knowledge®, "Business Process Management (BPM) is a disciplined approach to identify, design, execute, document, measure, monitor, and control both automated and non-automated business processes to achieve consistent, targeted results aligned with an organization’s strategic goals. BPM involves the deliberate, collaborative and increasingly technology-aided definition, improvement, innovation, and management of end-to-end business processes that drive business results, create value, and enable an organization to meet its business objectives with more agility. BPM enables an enterprise to align its business processes to its business strategy, leading to effective overall company performance through improvements of specific work activities either within a specific department, across the enterprise, or between organizations."
The ABPMP International believes that becoming a Business Process Management Professional is a journey, and not a destination. The core knowledge areas are only the foundation to the practice of the profession.
Recommended use for teaching
There is a growing need for universities to develop a curriculum that allows for an undergraduate major in BPM and a Masters of Science in BPM. In addition, a modular format can be adapted to a specialized certificate program in BPM. For example, the suggested coursework could consist of five core BPM courses that range from a general introduction of BPM and continues throughout the process lifecycle of modeling, analysis, design, and implementation. In addition, there could be three elective courses which allow for a more in-depth exploration of BPM followed by a capstone course on Business Process Strategy. Below is an example of how a course could be structured."