There are some real practical approaches to accomplish incremental transformation. See http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2013/07/incremental-transformation-is-here-today.html
These are not theoretical marketing ideas, organizations have accomplished transformation using some or all of the principles documented in this blog posting. Other organizations have created innovative parallel processes in green field (new) situations to test out new transformation approaches.
How BPM Helps:
BPM not only has adaptability features that supports incremental change, but BPM is designed to hand the keys of change to the business professionals. BPM configuration and development environments are designed to encourage business to take the lead on the business design supported by process. The collaborative nature of both the configuration and process execution environments of BPM leads to easier change. The more intelligent BPM technologies become; the more transformation will be enabled and attempted. Read more about intelligent processes http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2013/05/measuring-cumulative-intelligence-of.html
How Agents Help:
Agent Oriented (AO) approaches are even more conducive to change than BPM. Combined (aoBPM) creates a more dynamic BPM. See http:/ /jimsinur.blogspot.com/2013/09/harnessing-business-complexity-with.html and some of my other posts for emerging agent capabilities. Agents, in pure form, are autonomous and self organize around business situations and dynamically create successful process patterns guided by governance policies and constraints.
Organizations will no longer be able to avoid transformations, so education on coping approaches and technologies are a must. True leadership will pursue these emerging aoBPM approaches that are supported by social, mobile, big data, events, poly-analytics and cloud technologies.