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An integrated decision support system for ERP implementation in small and medium sized enterprises

An integrated decision support system for ERP implementation in small and medium sized enterprises

Xie, Ying, Allen, Colin and Ali, Mahmood (2014) An integrated decision support system for ERP implementation in small and medium sized enterprises. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 27 (4). pp. 358-384. ISSN 1741-0398 (doi:

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Purpose - Implementing ERP is a challenging task for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This paper develops an integrated decision support system for ERP implementation (DSS_ERP) to facilitate resource allocations and risk analysis.

Design/methodology/approach - Analytical regression models are developed using data collected through a survey conducted on 400 SMEs that have implemented ERP systems, and are validated by a simulation model. The validated analytical regression models are used to construct a nonlinear programming model that generates solutions for resource allocations, such as time and budget.

Findings – ERP implementation cost increases along the time horizon, while performance level increases up to a point and remains unchanged. To maximise or achieve a certain level of performance within a budget limitation, CSFs are prioritised as: Project Management (highest), Top Management, IT, Users and Vendor Support (lowest). SMEs are recommended to concentrate effort and resources on CSFs that have a greater impact on achieving their desired goals while optimising utilisation of resources.

Research limitations/implications – DSS_ERP proves to be beneficial to SMEs in identifying required resources and allocating resources, but could be further tested in case studies for its practical use and benefits.

Practical implications – DSS_ERP serves as a useful tool for SMEs to predict required resources and allocate them prior to ERP implementation, which maximises the probability of achieving predetermined targets. It also enables SMEs to analyse risk caused by changes to resources during ERP implementation, and helps them to be better prepared for the risks.

Originality/value – The research contributes to the scarce research on ERP implementation using scientific methods. A novel nonlinear programming model is constructed for ERP implementation under time and budget limitations, facilitating resource allocations in an ERP implementation, which has not been reported in any previous research. The research offers a theoretical basis for empirical studies of resource allocations in ERP implementation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decision support system, ERP, Critical success factor, Nonlinear programming
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 10:14

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