This section includes an alphabetical list of Associations focused on specific areas of interest to those engaged in business process.  Each organization is identified in terms of their primary focus and a link is provided to their website for more information.  These listings are provided FREE of charge as a service to our members and readers.  All associations related to BPM are invited to submit a listing or change their existing listing by contacting Paul Harmon.

  • AIIM International – Association for those interested in management of documents and content. Active in workflow, business process management, and knowledge management.
  • Amer. Society for Quality (ASQ) – Leading organization for those interested in Six Sigma. ASQ has a Six Sigma Discussion Group and sponsors the leading Six Sigma conference in the US.  The ASQ offers a body of knowledge and certification in Lean and Six Sigma.
  • Association of Business Process Management Professionals (ABPMP) – Professional organization dedicated to the advancement of business process management concepts and practices. Practitioner-oriented and led. There are major ABPMP chapters in several countries.  The ABPMP offers a body of knowledge and certification in business process management.
  • The Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) – Professional organization that focuses on sharing knowledge of change management theories and practices.
  • Baldrige National Quality Awards Program – US Government program to award organizations with superior quality control, process management, and performance.
  • BPM Standards Group– Association of companies working on Business Performance Management standards.
  • BPM-Forum (Europe) – BPM-Forum (Europe) – The BPM-Forum is the neutral expert platform on Business Process Management. The forum was initially founded in the Netherlands in 2003 and was soon able to expand to form a separate Belgium chapter. It aims to raise the awareness of the value and contribution which BPM can make to any organization. This is achieved by bringing together members from the academic, user and supplier community. The BPM-Forum chapters provides bi-monthly meetings for the local BPM community where best practices, case studies and the theoretical background information is presented. These sessions vary in location and end with a social event. The website is a portal to the local events and international information on BPM. The BPM-Forum also provides its members discounts to various BPM events like workshops and external seminars. The BPM-Forum is endorsed by top local academic and business professionals. More local chapters are expected to be formed in 2006.
  • BR Community – BR Community is a select specialized site dedicated to Business Rule Professionals. It is a vertical community where Business Rule professionals can go to share ideas and find information. It features the widely respected Business Rules Journal free of charge. Regular columnists include John Zachman, Chris Date and Ronald G. Ross. The site also offers professional articles, product reviews, book reviews, event calendar, vendor lists, and more.
  • Business Process Management Korea Forum – Korean association of those interested in BPM
  • ebXML – BP Web standards, BPxx
  • Institute for Process Management – The Institute has recently been formed to help organizations improve the results of their process management and change activities. This exciting new forum provides access to the best thinking on process management and a network of peers with whom to share best practices. Located at Babson College and under the overall direction of Tom Davenport, the Institute (1) conducts leading-edge, high quality research on the management of business processes that is practical, timely and relevant, (2) provides a forum to network with peers and exchange ideas, (3) provides early access to research results, (4) provides access to Institute researchers and Babson faculty and (5) provides custom executive education and materials.
  • IEEE, Task Force on Process Mining.  The IEEE is a membership organization focused on all aspects of computing.  It has task forces that focus on various technical issues.  One, the Task Force on Process Mining promotes interest in this important technology.
  • International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) – ISPI members focus on technologies for improving human performance, including techniques for job analysis, the measurement of performance and incentive systems. Annual conference, workshops, and a email newsletter. ISPI offers certification in process improvement skills and knowledge.
  • International Society for Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP) – The ISSSP is the only professional membership organization committed to promoting the adoption, advancement and integration of Six Sigma in business.  The ISSSP Community supports this mission through advocacy and awareness efforts, professional recognition and development, and by serving as an information and referral source.  Become a Professional Member of ISSSP for $150.00 (a 25% discount) by registering online at and using the Discount Code:  BPTrends25.
  • Lean Enterprise Institute – Source of Lean Training, Books and Consulting
  • Object Management Group (OMG) – The OMG is an international standards organization that focuses on software integration. Membership is open to organizations.  Their best known process standards are BPMN (process flow notation), BMM (business motivation model), and SBVR (Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules).  The OMG offers certification in its Business Process standards. The OMG supports many associated industry specific standards as well.
  • Product Development and Management Assoc. (PDMA) – PDMA is an organization of some 2,000 professionals who are concerned with product design, development and redesign processes. They have initiated work on an OR framework for product development and management.
  • Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) – The SIG is a consortium of some 140 companies who share insights into the outsourcing market. A good source of information and meetings on Business Process Outsourcing.
  • Shared Services Forum (SSF), initiated in 2011, is an interactive platform where industry experts from diverse business domains and support functions, ideate and synthesize the ‘best-in-class’ to evolve the ‘best-in-context’ for organizations and therefore, excel in eventual BPM adoption. SSF focuses on BPM excellence through leadership, consolidation, transformation and effective tools & systems.
    Our journey so far:
    • 5 events including 4 National Conclave in India, where more than 600 delegates pan India & Sub Continent have participated
    • 2 Pioneering Leaders in the Industry felicitated for their invaluable contribution to the Industry
    • 14 Organizations awarded and recognized for Excellence in the field of Shared Services
    • More than 50 Speakers have presented Industry insights and 30+ case studies
    • 5 Research Papers have been published including first of its kind Shared Services Survey & BPM Publication in India
  • Supply Chain Council (SCC) – The Supply Chain Council is an association of some 700 companies, worldwide, that work together to share information on supply chain development. SCC has created a popular generic approach to describing and developing supply chains, called SCOR. SCOR is used by several companies and supported by a wide variety of vendors. The SCC sponsors several major conferences each year and distributes a newsletter.
  • TeleManagement Forum –  An association of telecoms that have conferences and support a business process framework – eTOM
  • The Workflow Management Coalition – The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) has over 230 member organizations worldwide, representing all facets of workflow, from vendors to users, and from academics to consultants. The Coalition’s mission is to promote and develop the use of workflow through the establishment of standards for software terminology, interoperability and connectivity between workflow products.
  • Value Chain Group – The Value Chain Group is an association dedicated to developing and maintaining the VCOR (Value-Chain Operational Reference Model) framework.