An ERP implementation is a significant intervention in organisational life. As such, it affects and is affected by many variables including the organisation's culture, decision-making strategies, risk taking orientation, leadership strategies and perceptions of the value of Information Technology. For organisations to achieve business benefit in their ERP implementation, the implementation must be short, raise appropriate issues for business to make decisions on, and effectively implement those decisions.. This paper describes the research program being undertaken to identify the variables that inhibit an ERP implementation.