Understanding an ERP System Implementation in a Higher Education Institution: A Grounded Theory Approach
Jose Esteves (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) and Joan Pastor (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Copyright: © 2009
This chapter addresses the problem of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation in Higher Education Institutions (HEI). It attempts to contribute to the understanding of ERP implementations in this kind of organizations by identifying and analyzing the major factors that affect this type of projects. Special attention has been paid to contextual influence and to organizational factors. The conclusions of this work suggest that most problems in ERP implementation projects are not technological but may be attributed to organizational factors. The chapter describes an in-depth case study carried out at a HEI that implemented an ERP system in 2001. The case was studied as part of a grounded theory based research project whose aim was to develop a model for the implementation of ERP systems.