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


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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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
ISBN: 978-1-4666-9688-4, 978-1-4666-9689-1
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 08:39
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 14:20
PURE Output Type: Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Published Date: 2016-01
Authors: Wan, Yi
Clegg, Ben (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7506-5237)



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