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Selection and critical success factors in successful ERP implementation

Hooshang M. Beheshti (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA)
Bruce K. Blaylock (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA)
Dale A. Henderson (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA)
James G. Lollar (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA)

Competitiveness Review

ISSN: 1059-5422

Article publication date: 12 August 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate factors that contribute to the successful implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in manufacturing firms.

Design/methodology/approach

The qualitative research method was used to study six diverse manufacturing firms in Virginia. A semi-structure method of data collection was used for the analysis.

Findings

The ERP software has emerged as a key enabler of system integration in organizations to reduce redundancy, improve efficiency, productivity and performance. Firms implement ERP not only to improve operations efficiency but to be more responsive to the customer needs in the global economy. The findings provide insights on the factors that these large and global manufacturing firms consider to be important to the success of ERP implementation and utilization.

Research limitations/implications

The study is limited to large manufacturing firms and does not consider service industries or small and medium enterprises.

Practical implications

A considerable amount of time and capital are required for the acquisition and implementation of ERP systems. The results are useful to managers of manufacturing companies who are interested in using, modifying or upgrading an integrative technology software system, such as ERP.

Originality/value

This empirical study provides an in-depth analysis of factors that motivate firms to consider ERP systems, factors that are important when acquiring the system, key factors to implementation and cultural adjustments following implementation. To the best of our knowledge, no single study has examined all of these issues in one report.

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Citation

M. Beheshti, H., K. Blaylock, B., A. Henderson, D. and G. Lollar, J. (2014), "Selection and critical success factors in successful ERP implementation", Competitiveness Review, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 357-375. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-10-2013-0082

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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