This chapter provides an overview of perspectives associated with information and knowledge resource management in systems engineering and systems management in accomplishing enterprise resource planning for enhanced innovation and productivity. Accordingly, we discuss economic concepts involving information and knowledge, and the important role of network effects and path dependencies in influencing enterprise transformation through enterprise resource planning.
Many have been concerned with the role of information and knowledge and the role of this in enhancing systems engineering and management (Sage, 1995; Sage & Rouse, 1999) principles, practices, and perspectives. Major contemporary attention is being paid to enterprise transformation (Rouse, 2005, 2006) through these efforts. The purpose of this work is to discuss many of these efforts and their role in supporting the definition, development, and deployment of an enterprise resource plan (ERP) that will enhance transformation of existing enterprises and development of new and innovative enterprises.