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Are CRM systems ready for AI integration? A conceptual framework of organizational readiness for effective AI-CRM integration

Sheshadri Chatterjee (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India)
Soumya Kanti Ghosh (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India)
Ranjan Chaudhuri (Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Bang Nguyen (University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 6 June 2019

Issue publication date: 19 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework to check if an organization is ready to adopt an AI-integrated CRM system. The study also analyzes different situations which can provide a comprehensive check list in the form of indicators that could provide a signal indicating whether the organization is ready to adopt an AI-integrated CRM system by capturing actionable and appropriate data.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is a general review, and appropriate literature has been used to support the conceptual framework.

Findings

The key findings of this study are the different indicators that make up the conceptual framework. This framework can help organizations to check at a glance whether they are ready to adopt AI-integrated CRM system in their organizations. Specifically, it has been identified that different approaches are needed to tackle various types of customer data so that those may be made fit and actionable for appropriate utilization of AI algorithms to facilitate business success of an organization.

Practical implications

The paper has elaborately discussed the different approaches to be undertaken to calibrate and reorient the various kinds of actionable data and the contemplated challenges one would face in doing so. This would help the practitioners that how the data so captured can be made fit for action and utilization toward application of AI technologies integrated with existing CRM system in an organization.

Originality/value

This study is claimed to be a unique study to provide a conceptual framework which could help arranging and rearranging of captured data by an organization for making the data fit and ready for use with the help of AI technologies. This successful integration of AI with CRM system can help organizations toward taking quick and automated decision-making without much intervention of human beings.

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Citation

Chatterjee, S., Ghosh, S.K., Chaudhuri, R. and Nguyen, B. (2019), "Are CRM systems ready for AI integration? A conceptual framework of organizational readiness for effective AI-CRM integration", The Bottom Line, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 144-157. https://doi.org/10.1108/BL-02-2019-0069

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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