Knowledge prioritisation for ERP implementation success

Uchitha Jayawickrama (School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK)
Shaofeng Liu (University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK)
Melanie Hudson Smith (Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Publication date: 14 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Knowledge management is crucial for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems implementation in real industrial environments, but this is a highly demanding task. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of knowledge identification, categorisation and prioritisation that contributes to achieving ERP implementation success.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopts a mixed methods approach; a qualitative phase to identify and categorise knowledge types and sub-types; conducting in-depth interviews with ERP clients and implementation partners; plus a quantitative phase to prioritise knowledge types and sub-types based on their contribution to achieving ERP success for business performance improvement. An analytic hierarchy process-based questionnaire was used to collect empirical data for the quantitative phase.

Findings

This study has been able to identify, categorise and rank various types of ERP-related knowledge based on in-depth interviews and survey responses from both ERP clients and implementation partners. In total, 4 knowledge types and 21 sub-types were ranked based on their contribution to achieving ERP success; 4 variables of information quality, systems quality, individual impact and organisational impact were used to measure ERP success.

Originality/value

The empirical findings demonstrate exactly what kinds of knowledge need to be managed, enabling knowledge prioritisation when a client organisation or an implementation partner steps into an ERP implementation, in a real industrial environment.

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Citation

Jayawickrama, U., Liu, S. and Hudson Smith, M. (2017), "Knowledge prioritisation for ERP implementation success", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 117 No. 7, pp. 1521-1546. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-09-2016-0390

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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