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LACERDA, Daniel Pacheco; RODRIGUES, Luis Henrique  and  SILVA, Alexandre Costa da. Evaluating the synergy of business process engineering and theory of constraints thinking process. Prod. [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.2, pp.284-300.  Epub Apr 20, 2011. ISSN 0103-6513.

This paper presents a joint application of Business Process Engineering and the Thinking Process of the Theory of Constraints. Business Process Engineering has been used as a process modeling tool in order to describe the "as is" situation. The Thinking Process is used as an analytical tool for the critical processes. This analysis contributes for the clarification and convergence to the core problem in a given situation, providing a systemic and shared vision. The case study investigated a Higher Education Institution processes. A Current Reality Tree was created for each process, which derivate in Evaporating Cloud Diagrams in order to find insights for process improvement. Based on the Current Reality Tree and the Evaporating Clouds Diagram the processes was redesigned. The results of this approach were very promising, once they reached: i) a systematic analysis for the processes; e; ii) a systemic and shared vision of the relationships of the cause and effect involved in the processes studied.

Keywords : Theory of constraints; Thinking process; Engineering of process; Systemic analysis.

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