Designing and managing ERP systems for virtual enterprise strategy:a conceptual framework for innovative strategic thinking

Wan, Yi and Clegg, Ben (2016). Designing and managing ERP systems for virtual enterprise strategy:a conceptual framework for innovative strategic thinking. IN: Strategic management and leadership for systems development in virtual spaces. Graham, Christian (ed.) Advances in IT Personnel and Project Management . Hersey, PA (US): IGI Global.

Abstract

The business environment today is transforming towards a collaborative context compounded by multi-organizational cooperation and related information system infrastructures. This chapter aims to examine Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems development and emerging practices in the management of multi-organizational enterprises and identify the circumstances under which the so-called ‘ERPIII' systems fit into the Virtual Enterprise paradigm; and vice versa. An empirical inductive study was conducted using case studies from successful companies in the UK and China. Data were collected through 48 semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the Grounded-Theory based Methodology (GTM) to derive a set of 29 tentative propositions which were then validated via a questionnaire survey to further propose a novel conceptual framework referred to as the ‘Dynamic Enterprise Reference Grid for ERP (DERG-ERP)'; which can be used for innovative decision-making about how ERP information systems and multi-organizational enterprises – particularly the Virtual Enterprise may be co-developed.

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