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A biography: fabrications in the life of an ERP package

Locke, Joanne and Lowe, Alan 2007, A biography: fabrications in the life of an ERP package, Organization, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 793-814, doi: 10.1177/1350508407082263.

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Title A biography: fabrications in the life of an ERP package
Author(s) Locke, Joanne
Lowe, Alan
Journal name Organization
Volume number 14
Issue number 6
Start page 793
End page 814
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 1350-5084
Keyword(s) actor network theory (ANT)
biography
case study
ERP (enterprise resource planning)
qualitative research
Summary This paper provides an account of the way Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems change over time. These changes are conceptualized as a biographical accumulation that gives the specific ERP technology its present character, attributes and historicity. The paper presents empirics from the implementation of an ERP package within an Australasian organization. Changes to the ERP take place as a result of imperatives which arise during the implementation. Our research and evidence then extends to a different time and place where the new release of the ERP software was being `sold' to client firms in the UK. We theorize our research through a lens based on ideas from actor network theory (ANT) and the concept of biography. The paper seeks to contribute an additional theorization for ANT studies that places the focus on the technological object and frees it from the ties of the implementation setting. The research illustrates the opportunistic and contested fabrication of a technological object and emphasizes the stability as well as the fluidity of its technologic.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1350508407082263
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio Economic Objective 900101 Finance Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085031

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