Metaphorically Speaking, Does Culture Matter?

Metaphorically Speaking, Does Culture Matter?

Jenine Beekhuyzen (Griffith University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-447-7.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter is a qualitative research case study discussing the use of metaphors to analyze the organizational culture of a university department involved in a Human Resources Academic Administration Information Systems Implementation. The new system is part of a larger university-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation. Current literature suggests that organizational culture is impacted by information systems implementation and it is argued that the impact of the enterprise systems can result in a major cultural transformation that resets organizational values, meanings and beliefs. The metaphor of “organizations as cultures” is used to enable a better understanding of the department’s culture and the staff’s cultural attitudes toward the newly implemented ERP system. This investigation indicated that as a result of the implementation, the culture within the department did need to change to accommodate the new system and this is reflected through culturally symbolic artifacts, roles, values and beliefs (see Beekhuyzen, 2001 for more discussion of these topics). The metaphorical analysis of these culturally symbolic elements is presented in this chapter.

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Acknowledgments
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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