Lindopp, Paul (2015) The Impact of Company Size on Factors Influencing ERP Adoption in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is broadly defined as a suite of integrated applications used by organisations to store, collect and interpret data. It has a modular set up and typically integrates the financial, sales & distribution, procurement and materials management activities of a business. ERP has been adopted by companies of all sizes and ERP implementations and has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
Its aim of the study is to investigate what impact, if any, company size has on the factors influencing Irish companies to adopt ERP.
The author adopts a case study methodology to interview people experienced in multi-ERP implementations across a wide variety of industries in Ireland. The interviews follow a case study protocol and were carried out in a conversational manner, structured around a set of pre-defined questions.
In each interview, the author presented factors influencing ERP adoptions to each interviewee. The author asked interviewees to give their opinion as to what impact each influencing factor has on a company’s ERP adoption decision.
The findings of the study reveal that company size has a large bearing on the importance Irish companies give to factors influencing ERP adoption, with like-sized companies sharing similar influences. The study finds that small companies are mainly influenced by current considerations when adopting ERP, such as its overall cost and money saving potential. Large companies, in contrast, are influenced by factors such as growth and stakeholder perception, using ERP adoption as a basis to ensure future viability. The study also reveals that implementation decisions in small companies tend to be influenced by specific operational issues. In large companies, the decision to implement is normally part of a broader corporate strategic initiative.
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