ERP and functional fit: how integrated systems fail to provide improved control.

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Carton, Fergal
Adam, Frédéric
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Companies have been investing in integrated enterprise applications (such as ERP) for over a decade, without firm evidence of a return from these investments. Much research has centred on the factors which will lead to a successful implementation project (eg: Holland and Light, 1999; Shanks and Seddon, 2000), but to date there appears to be little research on the longer term impact of ERP systems on the organisation (Heili and Vinck, 2008). Although the greater level of system integration brought on by ERP has meant that there is more operational information available to managers than ever before, the information stored in ERP applications requires much off-line manipulation in order to be meaningful to managers. The data held in ERP databases originate in physical processes that evolve over time, and thus inevitably a gap opens between the ERP system, and the reality it is designed to capture (Lee and Lee, 2000). Taking the evaluation of management performance against organisational
ERP , Decision making , Data integrity , Organisational goals , KPI , Skills
Carton, F. and Adam, F. (2008) 'ERP and Functional Fit: How Integrated Systems Fail to Provide Improved Control', Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation, EJISE, 11 (2), pp. 51-60. Available online:
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