Title: Integrated software deployment and management innovation: a bricolage perspective

Authors: Anass Mawadia; Ariel Eggrickx; Philippe Chapellier

Addresses: Montpellier Research in Management (MRM), University of Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon CC 19001 – bâtiment 19, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5, France ' Montpellier Research in Management (MRM), University of Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon CC 19001 – bâtiment 19, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5, France ' Montpellier Research in Management (MRM), University of Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon CC 19001 – bâtiment 19, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5, France

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between management innovation (MI) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems deployment in the context of small subsidiaries of an intermediate size enterprise (ISE). In these small enterprises, embedded locally, the resources are limited and the necessity of doing with the means at hand while respecting the rules and directives of the group is important. The results of our intervention research show the existence of several forms and practices of bricolage (tinkering) present at several levels: intra-affiliates, inter-affiliates and group. This research shows the complementarity between both technology innovation (TI) and MI which lead to continuously improve the technology and management practices. The MI and TI co-evolution within the ISE and its subsidiaries, stimulated by the multilevel bricolage approach, allows the continuous improvement of the 'core model' and generates a competitive advantage.

Keywords: management innovation; technology innovation; small subsidiaries; ISE context; ERP deployment; bricolage; co-evolution; core model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2018.094274

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2018 Vol.35 No.1, pp.1 - 26

Received: 18 Sep 2015
Accepted: 29 Sep 2016

Published online: 17 Aug 2018 *

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