Managing enterprises and ERP systems: a contingency model for the enterprization of operations

Ben Clegg (Operations & Information Management Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)
Yi Wan (Operations & Information Management Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems development and emerging practices in the management of enterprises (i.e. parts of companies working with parts of other companies to deliver a complex product and/or service) and identify any apparent correlations. Suitable a priori contingency frameworks are then used and extended to explain apparent correlations. Discussion is given to provide guidance for researchers and practitioners to deliver better strategic, structural and operational competitive advantage through this approach; coined here as the “enterprization of operations”.

Design/methodology/approach

Theoretical induction uses a new empirical longitudinal case study from Zoomlion (a Chinese manufacturing company) built using an adapted form of template analysis to produce a new contingency framework.

Findings

Three main types of enterprises and the three main types of ERP systems are defined and correlations between them are explained. Two relevant a priori frameworks are used to induct a new contingency model to support the enterprization of operations; known as the dynamic enterprise reference grid for ERP (DERG-ERP).

Research limitations/implications

The findings are based on one longitudinal case study. Further case studies are currently being conducted in the UK and China.

Practical implications

The new contingency model, the DERG-ERP, serves as a guide for ERP vendors, information systems management and operations managers hoping to grow and sustain their competitive advantage with respect to effective enterprise strategy, enterprise structure and ERP systems.

Originality/value

This research explains how ERP systems and the effective management of enterprises should develop in order to sustain competitive advantage with respect to enterprise strategy, enterprise structure and ERP systems use.

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Citation

Clegg, B. and Wan, Y. (2013), "Managing enterprises and ERP systems: a contingency model for the enterprization of operations", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 33 No. 11/12, pp. 1458-1489. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-07-2010-0201

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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