Title: Teaching ERP in logistics curriculum: a case experience from Sweden

Authors: Per Hilletofth, Olli-Pekka Hilmola, Sandor Ujvari

Addresses: School of Technology and Society, University of Skovde, P.O. Box 408, SE-541 28 Skovde, Sweden. ' Kouvola Research Unit, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Prikaatintie 9, FIN-45100 Kouvola, Finland. ' Logistics Research Centre, School of Technology and Society, University of Skovde, P.O. Box 408, SE-541 28 Skovde, Sweden

Abstract: The use of ERP systems in business is commonplace and often a requirement for rapid and efficient operations. The presence of ERP in higher education can be seen as a prerequisite for students to achieve necessary skills and knowledge, but how can the education be achieved in a better way? In this research, the use of ERP systems as a part of two courses of the logistics curriculum in higher education at a Swedish University are presented and analysed. The traditional approach of teaching logistics, where computer sessions are incorporated in ordinary courses, is being compared to a new intensive and flexible course format dedicated entirely to ERP education with a stronger focus on problem-oriented learning. The results show that both approaches offer opportunities, the traditional approach allows students to receive both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, while the intensive approach provides them with significant practical knowledge and skills. This research results leaves us arguing that the best combination is to utilise both approaches to establish the needed basis for logistics curriculum.

Keywords: enterprise resource planning; ERP education; logistics education; training; Sweden; higher education; teaching ERP; problem-oriented learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2010.035047

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2010 Vol.6 No.3, pp.295 - 314

Published online: 01 Sep 2010 *

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