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Impacts of business vision, top management support, and external expertise on ERP success

Princely Ifinedo (Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of such contingency factors as top management support, business vision, and external expertise, on the one hand, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system success, on the other.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual model was developed and relevant hypotheses formulated. Surveys were conducted in two Northern European countries and a structural equation modeling technique used to analyze the data.

Findings

It was found that the three contingency factors positively influence ERP system success. More importantly, the relative importance of quality external expertise over the other two factors for ERP initiatives was underscored

Originality/value

It is argued that ERP systems are different from other information technology implementations; as such, there is a need to provide insights as to how the aforementioned factors play out in the context of ERP system success evaluations for adopting organizations. As was predicted, the results showed that the three contingency factors positively influence ERP system success. More importantly, the relative importance of quality external expertise over the other two factors for ERP initiatives was underscored. The implications of the findings for both practitioners and researchers are discussed.

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Citation

Ifinedo, P. (2008), "Impacts of business vision, top management support, and external expertise on ERP success", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 551-568. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637150810888073

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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