Dark versionDefault version

Kasper Zülow

Taehr, Shanks & Seddon (2002). UNDERSTANDING THE BUSINESS BENEFITS OF ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEMS. Eighth Americas Conference on Information Systems

In “Understanding the Business Benefits of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems,” Taehr, Shanks, and Seddon (2002) examine the business benefits of implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in organizations. The authors argue that despite the significant investments required to implement an ERP system, there is still uncertainty about the actual benefits that these systems deliver.

The paper begins by providing an overview of ERP systems and their functionality, which includes integration of business processes, sharing of data across different departments, and providing a single source of truth for decision-making.

The authors then present a framework for analyzing the business benefits of ERP systems, which includes four key dimensions:

  1. Efficiency benefits: These benefits arise from improvements in the efficiency of business processes, such as reducing transaction times and eliminating duplication of effort.
  2. Effectiveness benefits: These benefits arise from improvements in the effectiveness of business processes, such as better decision-making and improved customer service.
  3. Strategic benefits: These benefits arise from the ability of an ERP system to support organizational strategy, such as enabling rapid expansion into new markets or facilitating mergers and acquisitions.
  4. Transformational benefits: These benefits arise from the ability of an ERP system to transform the way an organization operates, such as creating new business models or enabling new products and services.

The authors also provide a case study of an organization that implemented an ERP system and achieved significant benefits in all four dimensions. The case study demonstrates that ERP systems can deliver significant benefits to organizations, but the actual benefits depend on factors such as the implementation approach, the level of organizational change required, and the ability of the organization to leverage the full functionality of the system.

Overall, the authors’ framework provides a useful tool for organizations to analyze the potential benefits of implementing an ERP system and to develop a business case for the investment. It also highlights the importance of managing the implementation process effectively and leveraging the full functionality of the system to realize the benefits.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Kasper Riis Zülow