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Knowledge prioritisation for ERP implementation success: Perspectives of clients and implementation partners in UK industries

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

Article publication date: 14 August 2017




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.


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.


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.


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.



Jayawickrama, U., Liu, S. and Hudson Smith, M. (2017), "Knowledge prioritisation for ERP implementation success: Perspectives of clients and implementation partners in UK industries", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 117 No. 7, pp. 1521-1546.



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