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Business process reengineering in UAE public sector: a town planning case study

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Purpose ‐ To reengineer the applications' processes of the land department of Al-Ain Municipality and to develop an electronic version of the reengineered processes. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The research approach used in this work is similar to the five-point incremental approach and the work of Gunasekaran et al. These steps are: establishment of the business vision and objectives; identification and focus on the core business processes that support them; modeling and analysis of the business environment; streamlining; and continuous control and improvement of previous steps. Findings ‐ The best possible solution for shorter and more efficient processing path was achieved. Great savings in cost, time and human resources were achieved. Many factors have contributed to the success of the work. These include the efficient reengineered process, efficient database design, search facilities, electronic document archive and easy-to-use user interface. Practical implications ‐ The authors were not absolutely free to select the model they think is better. There were some critical factors that had to be considered. Perhaps, one of the most serious obstacles was the reluctance of some key decision makers to cease or reduce some of their authorities. Those officers believe that a direct supervision or control on the different stages of the processes is essential. The justification given is that the issue of land allocation is critical and may be problematic. Special considerations may be required under certain circumstances and these are only dealt with by key decision makers. Other factors such as reluctance of the users for change, job redundancy resulting from the change and financial resources were important but less significant. Therefore, many models were suggested before the final one was agreed on. Originality/value ‐ The paper is a case study that describes the reengineering processes in the public sector in UAE. This sector suffers from a great deficiency and this work represents a leading step towards improving its working practices. The value of the paper lies in the comprehensive study and analysis of this department and the efficient customized solutions it offered.
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Keywords: Business process reengineering; Public sector organizations; Town planning; United Arab Emirates

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 12, 2007

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