An investigation into enterprise structure and ERP implementations
: a contribution to praxis

  • Ola-Dapo Ajayi

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business Administration


This professional doctoral research reports on the relationship between Enterprise Systems, specifically
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, and enterprise structures. It offers insights and guidance to practitioners on factors for consideration in the implementation of ERP systems in organisations operating in modern enterprise structures. It reports on reflective ethnographic action research conducted in a number of companies from a diverse range of industries covering supply chains for both goods and services. The primary contribution is in highlighting areas in which clients, practitioners and ERP software vendors can bring a greater awareness of internet era enterprise structures and business requirements into the ERP arena.
The concepts and insights have been explored in a focus group setting, comprised of practitioners from the
enterprise systems implementation and consulting fraternity and revealed limitations and constraints in the
implementation of enterprise systems. However, it also showed that current systems do not have the full capabilities required to support, in use, modern era enterprise structures, as required by practitioners and decision makers.
Date of Award8 Jun 2012
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorBen Clegg (Supervisor)


  • contingency variables
  • core competencies
  • enterprise resource planning
  • enterprise structure
  • extended enterprise
  • grounded theory
  • organisation structure
  • template analysis
  • thematic analysis
  • virtual enterprise

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