A Modern Socio-Technical View on ERP-Systems

A Modern Socio-Technical View on ERP-Systems

Jos Benders (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Ronald Batenburg (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Paul Hoeken (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Roel Schouteten (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch044


This chapter sketches an Organization Design perspective called “Modern Socio-technical Design”, and subsequently discusses the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems from this perspective. The authors argue that the praxis of ERP-system implementation is often at odds with socio-technical insights, leading to various problems that ERP-end users are confronted with. These tensions may not be inevitable, but simply result from taken-for-granted organization assumptions underlying ERP-implementation praxis. The sociotechnical insights are intended to help practitioners reflect on ERP-implementation praxis, and discuss to what extent an ERP-system is appropriate and if so, where socio-technically inspired choices may be made within configuration processes.

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