Enterprise Software

ERP System Procurement in SMEs - Two Contrasting Ways

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Executive Summary

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have originally been developed for Large Enterprises (LEs). However, market saturation, integration of supply chains and technology improvements have led to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have started adopting ERP systems. Though there is a focus shift from LEs to SMEs in the ERP market, most academic literature on ERP systems is based on findings from LEs. In addition, while the ERP system adoption life cycle consists of three stages: procurement, implementation and post-implementation, academic discourse has mostly focused on implementation or post-implementation phases, indicating a knowledge gap on ERP system procurement stage, especially regarding procurement of ERP system in SMEs.

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