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Analyzing SMEs Size as a Moderator of ERP Impact in SMEs Productivity

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Executive Summary

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) vendors have emphasized a positive impact of their ERP projects in enterprise performance and in costs reduction. Recently, some researchers have started to analyze the impact on business performance of the organizational changes that complement IT investments. However, there is a lack of research studies on ERP impact in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). Based on Cobb-Douglas production function, this paper attempts to analyze the impact of ERP implementations in SMEs' productivity. The authors have collected data from 168 Spanish SMEs during the period 1997-2005, concerning the type of purchased ERP, implementation period, number of employees and some financial indicators.

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