How can ERP be used to improve the overall organizational operating efficiency and effectiveness? How is ERP going to evolve in the future and what are the implications for Electronic commerce? The overall objective of Enterprise Resource Planning: Global Opportunities and Challenges is to provide students, academicians and practitioners interested in ERP with a complete framework for the evaluation, selection, implementation and post-implementation (ESIP) of ERP systems.
This book provides a socio-technical view of enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection and implementation practices from a global perspective. The emphasis of this book is not on the technology per se but on the selection, implementation strategies, as well as implications of ERP systems towards organizational effectiveness. It covers critical examination of the usefulness of ERP systems’ functionality assessment for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), effective use of ERP for achieving organizational effectiveness, and ERP for supporting the knowledge management functions in organizations. Case studies together with some empirical investigation of ERP systems utilization in organizations covering countries such as the US, UK, Sweden, Austria, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines are provided.
In particular, this book provides: (i) global coverage highlighting case studies and empirical studies of the ERP practices covering both the developed and developing economies; (ii) interdisciplinary focus to improve understanding of the business benefits and myths of the effectiveness of ERP systems; (iii) coverage of different investigative approaches such as case studies, empirical studies, interpretative studies, action research and ethnographic studies as a paradigm of research towards understanding ERP systems’ functionality, selection, implementation and post-implementation issues; (iv) socio-technical view of the utilization of ERP systems in both large and small-tomedium-sized organizations; and (v) materials that can be used for business case studies and teaching.
About the Authors
Liaquat Hossain is an assistant professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His background is in Bachelor of business administration, 1993 and M.Sc. in Computer and Engineering Management, 1995 from the Assumption University of Thailand. Mr. Hossain completed his Ph.D. in Information Technology and Computer Science, specializing in Telecommunications Management from the University of Wollongong, NSW Australia in 1997. He was invited to conduct postdoctoral research at the Internet Telephony Interoperability Consortium of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. The exposure to a multidisciplinary education and interdisciplinary research background has helped him in designing IS/ IT courses as well as in the pursuance of both applied and theoretical research in areas like telecommunications management, electronic commerce, information economics, health informatics, and strategic information management. His current research is on the following areas: understanding technological learning capability of small and medium sized SW development companies in Australia and the US, understanding the relationship between IT investment and organizational productivity and understanding tacit knowledge sharing systems in organization.