Title: A critical evaluation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software sourcing and provision using theoretical constructs

 

Author: Ying Xie, Stephen Hickman, Li Zhou

 

Address: Systems, Management and Strategy, Business School, University of Greenwich, Maritime Greenwich Campus, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK. ' Systems, Management and Strategy, Business School, University of Greenwich, Maritime Greenwich Campus, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK. ' Systems, Management and Strategy, Business School, University of Greenwich, Maritime Greenwich Campus, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK

 

Journal: Int. J. of Integrated Supply Management, 2007 Vol.3, No.4, pp.327 - 344

 

Abstract: Deliberating on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software sourcing and provision, this paper contrasts the corporate environment with the small business environment. The paper is about Enterprise Resource Planning client (ERPc) expectations and Enterprise Resource Planning vendor (ERPv) value propositions as a mutually compatible process for achieving acceptable standards of ERP software performance. It is suggested that a less-than-equitable vendor–client relationship would not contribute to the implementation of the optimum solution. Adapting selected theoretical concepts and models, the researchers analyse ERPv to ERPc relationship. This analysis is designed to discover if the provision of the very large ERP vendors who market systems such as SAP, and the provision of the smaller ERP vendors (in this instance Eshbel Technologies Ltd who market an ERP software solution called Priority) when framed as a value proposition (Walters, D. (2002) Operations Strategy. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave), is at all comparable or distinctive.

 

Keywords: case study; clients; customer expectations; enterprise resource planning; ERP software; software sourcing; software provision; vendor value propositions; visibility; ERP evaluation; software performance.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISM.2007.013367

10.1504/07.13367

 

 

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