Business Process Management: The evolution of a discipline

Hajo A. Reijers (Corresponding author)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

48 Citations (Scopus)


Business Process Management (BPM) embodies a management philosophy, which is supported by a range of methods, techniques, and tools. Academics are continuously expanding this repertoire. In this overview article, the themes are sketched that characterize the development of the BPM discipline over the years: BPM Systems, process modeling, process design, coordination and interoperability, model management, process mining, and new technologies. Each of the themes is characterized in this overview on the basis of articles that appeared in Computers in Industry since its conception, now 40 years ago. Together, these themes provide a perspective on a thriving and evolving discipline.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103404
Number of pages5
JournalComputers in Industry
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s)

Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • BPMS
  • Business Process Management
  • Process design
  • Process mining
  • Process modeling


Dive into the research topics of 'Business Process Management: The evolution of a discipline'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this