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A qualitative study of the influencing factors on the decision process for acquiring ERP software

Jacques C. Verville (Assistant Professor of Information Systems)
Alannah Halingten (Research Associate both at the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Texas AM International, Laredo, Texas, USA.)

Qualitative Market Research

ISSN: 1352-2752

Article publication date: 1 September 2002



This paper focuses on the influences and characteristics of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) acquisition process (ERPAP) that were found during a multiple‐case study of four organizations that had acquired ERP solutions. From organizational buying behaviour (OBB), Webster and Wind’s (Prentice‐Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1972) served as the basis for categorizing the influences that surfaced during the study. While Webster and Wind’s model presents a broad scope of variables that might affect organizational buying without distinguishing those variables that are dependent on specific buying situations, the research herein highlights variables (influences and characteristics) specific to the buying situation for ERP software packages. Numerous influences emerged, among the most notable of which was the influence of users. Five prominent characteristics were also noted. A future study of these influences could examine the extent to which they impact the ERPAP and could serve to help organizations minimize those that are shown to hinder it.



Verville, J.C. and Halingten, A. (2002), "A qualitative study of the influencing factors on the decision process for acquiring ERP software", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 188-198.




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