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Advantages and disadvantages of developing an enterprise resource planning to manage quality in an accredited reality. COSMOB S.p.A case study

Laura Bravi (Dipartimento di Economia Società Politica, Università Degli Studi di Urbino, Urbino, Italy)
Federica Murmura (Dipartimento di Economia Società Politica, Università Degli Studi di Urbino, Urbino, Italy)
Gilberto Santos (ESD, Polyt Institute Cavado Ave, Barcelos, Portugal)
Luca Tomassini (COSMOB S.p.A, Montelabbate, Italy)
Alessio Gnaccarini (COSMOB S.p.A, Montelabbate, Italy)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Article publication date: 18 May 2021

Issue publication date: 23 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to analyze the innovations introduced, with reference to enterprise resource planning, in the Italian wood–furniture sector, focusing attention on the COSMOB S.p.A. case study, identifying how this small company tried to exploit the advantages offered by the introduction of new digital technologies to remain competitive in the context of the accredited Test Laboratories in the furniture industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The research has been developed with a qualitative approach. The study is a conceptual development and it uses exploratory interviews to create a single case study of COSMOB. The case study was developed with the realization by the researcher of a long period of support to the company’s Quality Manager, and periodic bi-monthly interviews for an update of their perceptions on the development of the activity.

Findings

The need for rapid decision-making processes, the management of high volumes of data and the need for inter- and intra-organizational connection had a critical relief in company’s decision to adopt the integrated software. As for the main problems related to its adoption, these were the duration of the implementation of the operation, the complexity of the system and its limited adaptability.

Originality/value

The value of the paper relies on the development of an in-depth company case study, where the researcher supported the implementation of the system for the entire activity, obtaining therefore, a qualitative base of information that cannot be obtained through limited interviews.

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Citation

Bravi, L., Murmura, F., Santos, G., Tomassini, L. and Gnaccarini, A. (2021), "Advantages and disadvantages of developing an enterprise resource planning to manage quality in an accredited reality. COSMOB S.p.A case study", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 253-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQSS-04-2020-0052

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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