Optimization of Enterprise Information Systems through a ’User Involvement Framework in Learning Organizations’

Optimization of Enterprise Information Systems through a ’User Involvement Framework in Learning Organizations’

Sumita Dave (Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Management and Technology, India) and Monica Shrivastava (Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Management and Technology, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch324
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Abstract

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) today is being adopted by business organizations worldwide with a view to maximize their capabilities. But more often than not the expected outcomes are not delivered due to inaccurate calculations with respect to the organization’s ability to adapt to the change. Although the benefits of enterprise information systems in streamlining the functions of the organization cannot be questioned, preparing the organization to adopt the new system needs more focused efforts. In order to ensure that the existing capabilities of the organizations are an enabler and not an inhibitor in the adoption process, they need to be learning organizations. A study was conducted in Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), one of the leading steel manufacturing public companies in India, where ERP is to be adopted. In spite of the fact that it has a strong backbone of resources in terms of information technology (IT) infrastructure, the implementation process is virtually on a standstill. In this chapter, an evaluation of the psychological capabilities of the organization is done. This can be evaluated through the mindset of the workforce and the willingness with which they are ready to adopt change.

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