Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are integrated, enterprise-wide systems that provide automated support for standard business processes within organisations. They have been adopted by organisations throughout the world with varying degrees of success. Implementing ERP systems is a complex, lengthy and expensive process. In this paper we synthesise an ERP systems implementation process model and a set of critical success factors for ERP systems implementation. Two case studies of ERP systems implementation, one in Australia and one in China are reported. The case studies identify which critical success factors are important in which process model phases. Case study analysis then explains the differences between the Australian and Chinese cases using national cultural characteristics. Outcomes of the research are important for multinational organisations implementing ERP systems and for consulting companies assisting with ERP systems implementation in different countries.
Shanks, G.; Parr, A.; Hu, B.; Corbitt, B.; Thanasankit, T.; and Seddon, P., "Differences in Critical Success Factors in ERP Systems Implementation in Australia and China: A Cultural Analysis" (2000). ECIS 2000 Proceedings. Paper 53.