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Journal of International Technology and Information Management

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Modern organizations adopt Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP) to integrate their organizational data resources into unified systems. Researchers tend to concentrate on ERP implementation issues with only a handful studying ERP system effectiveness or success in adopting organizations. In fact, none has studied how key organizational actors prioritize or rank relevant measures or items related to the effectiveness of such systems. This study is designed to fill this gap in research as it aims at investigating how two organizational stakeholder groups, i.e. information technology (IT) professionals and business managers prioritize relevant measures related to ERP systems effectiveness. Using surveys in two European countries with a good record of ERP adoption, the study collected data from 66 respondents in 44 diverse, private, industrial organizations. Prior literature suggests that differences exist between the two organizational groups regarding how each perceives organizational-IT issues. However, this study’s findings showed that no significant statistical differences exist between the two groups on the all the measures operationalized for ERP effectiveness assessment with the exception of one dimension: the Vendor/Consultant Quality. The implications of the finding for both practice and research are discussed.