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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

In the current economic conditions, many institutions face dwindling budgets and an increased focus on proving the value of the education provided. The effort and costs required to integrate Enterprise Resource Planning systems into course curricula are a significant investment of resources for any university. This paper examines the expense of Enterprise Resource Planning integrated curricula (ERP-ICs) and the documented benefits. Evidence is still needed to place a quantitative value on many of the benefits provided to students completing an ERP-IC and to the college and university making that investment. A review of research literature regarding Enterprise Resource Planning based curricula is summarized in relation to costs and benefits. Benefits documented with quantified research are specifically examined. Finally a discussion of important benefits and costs that have yet to be quantified is given. In this age, universities are examining the cost-benefits of each investment and research on ERP-ICs lacks the data to make this case. Additional research is suggested to enrich this field of research beyond the current case studies and curriculum models.

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