The Implementation Puzzle of CRM Systems in Knowledge Based Organizations

The Implementation Puzzle of CRM Systems in Knowledge Based Organizations

Bendik Bygstad (Norwegian School of Information Technology, Norway)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2003100103
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Abstract

Many companies have large expectations to the use of CRM systems, expecting to harvest benefits from dialogue marketing and internal knowledge synergies. How should these systems be implemented? And how easy do the benefits come? The high failure rate of CRM projects illustrates the gap between our intentions and outcomes. Interpreting a longitudinal case study and the research literature, we find two options to improve our practice. From a managerial view we should treat CRM projects as complex challenges, needing tight project control and the application of change management techniques, focusing on the marketing process and data quality. In contrast, we could accept that the mechanisms at work at the micro level are only partly controllable by management techniques, and we would let the infrastructure grow organically.

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