Exploring the Power and Politics of a PeopleSoft Implementation

Exploring the Power and Politics of a PeopleSoft Implementation

Cherilyn Randolph (University of Western Australia, Australia) and Rebecca Main (University of Western Australia, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-447-7.ch009
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The implementation of an enterprise wide system has far reaching effects on an organization. The distribution of power is one aspect that is often disturbed. End users who perceive a loss of power may use political behavior to resist and obstruct the implementation. A case study of the implementation of PeopleSoft at an Australian university is used to explore resistance and obstructive behavior and explain these by looking at the implications of the system design for the organizational power balance. The authors believe that more understanding of the role of power and politics during an enterprise wide system implementation will enable teams to avoid user reactions that can threaten the success of the project.

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Table of Contents
Liisa von Hellens, Sue Nielsen, Jenine Beekhuyzen
Chapter 1
Dov Te’eni
The development and appropriation of ERP is a collaborative effort that relies on communication for its success. This case study demonstrates how... Sample PDF
Socio-Technical Aspects of ERP Implementation: The Central Role of Communication
Chapter 2
Marie-Claude Boudreau
This chapter reports on a qualitative research study conducted within a Southeastern U.S. university, which investigated how organizational members... Sample PDF
Post-Implementation Use of a Complex Technology: The Case of a Southeastern U.S. University
Chapter 3
Jose Esteves, Joan Pastor
This chapter addresses the problem of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation in Higher Education Institutions (HEI). It attempts to... Sample PDF
Understanding an ERP System Implementation in a Higher Education Institution: A Grounded Theory Approach
Chapter 4
Roy Tapp, Jon Hesseldenz, Linda Morefield, George Kelley
This study qualitatively assesses the organizational impact of a newly implemented ERP system in the daily and strategic functioning of the Kentucky... Sample PDF
ERP and New Organizational Capabilities: The Example of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Chapter 5
Sheila K. McGinnis, Carla Wiggins, Kenneth Trimmer, Lela Pumphrey
This case study illustrates how the leaders of a small, rural hospital were able to successfully introduce and institutionalize a strategic change... Sample PDF
Technology Innovation in a Small Rural Hospital
Chapter 6
Celia Romm Livermore
Following a literature review that sets this research in context, case study data from two companies, one in the United States and one in Israel... Sample PDF
What Went Wrong? Lessons Learned from Studying ERP Implementation Across Cultures
Chapter 7
Jenine Beekhuyzen
This chapter is a qualitative research case study discussing the use of metaphors to analyze the organizational culture of a university department... Sample PDF
Metaphorically Speaking, Does Culture Matter?
Chapter 8
David Oliver, Marilyn Van Dyke
This chapter addresses the topic of organizational change brought about through the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system (ERP)... Sample PDF
Looking Back, Looking In and Looking On: Treading Over the ERP Battleground
Chapter 9
Cherilyn Randolph, Rebecca Main
The implementation of an enterprise wide system has far reaching effects on an organization. The distribution of power is one aspect that is often... Sample PDF
Exploring the Power and Politics of a PeopleSoft Implementation
Chapter 10
Brian Corbitt, Konrad Peszynski, Olaf Boon
This chapter reports a case study of ERP implementation in an institution of higher education. The ERP is one based on integration of administrative... Sample PDF
Managing Complexity and Institutionalization: Power and Politics in ERP Implementation in an Australian University
Chapter 11
Matt Goodwin
Many universities have taken the expensive path of ERP implementation. It is a worrying thought to hear staff comments such as “we have bought a... Sample PDF
Tales of Resistance in an Australian University
Chapter 12
Kathryn F. Gates
The critical success factors for enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations in industry, especially in manufacturing, have been explored at... Sample PDF
Evaluating the North American Pilot for SAP's Campus Management System
Chapter 13
Jens Laurits Nielsen
This chapter involves an investigation into critical success factors (CSFs) for implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system into an... Sample PDF
Critical Success Factors for Implementing an ERP System
Chapter 14
Craig Chatfield
This chapter identifies valuable lessons about implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems into universities and contains a warning... Sample PDF
Implementation Factors that Affect ERP System Success
Chapter 15
Nicole Mayer
This chapter proposes a model of ERP user acceptance, performing a qualitative assessment of a university implementation in terms of two distinctive... Sample PDF
Academic and Business Users: A Model of ERP User Acceptance
Chapter 16
Michelle Morley
This chapter discusses the strategic role of an enterprise resource planning system within the International Centre of an Australian University.... Sample PDF
Achieving Strategic Goals: The Role of ERP and the Influence of Use Quality
Appendix A: The Evolution of Enterprise Wide Systems within Australian Higher Education
Jens Laurits Nielsen, Jenine Beekhuyzen, Matt Goodwin
Appendix B: The Griffith University Case
Jenine Beekhuyzen, Jens Laurits Nielsen
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