Purpose – This paper seeks to build and validate a typological profile of manufacturing small to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) in regard to their eventual adoption of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, based on the predisposition of their environmental, organizational, and technological context. Design/methodology/approach – Provides cluster analysis of secondary questionnaire data obtained from a benchmarking database of 356 Canadian manufacturing SMEs. Findings – Three types of SMEs were obtained: 140 “internally predisposed” SMEs, 60 “externally predisposed” SMEs, and 156 “unfavourably disposed” SMEs. Originality/value – Provides a valid framework for analysis that can serve ERP vendors and consultants, as well as SME owner‐managers, the first to better target their offer of products/services, and the second to better position their firm before contemplating the implementation of an ERP system.
Journal of Enterprise Information Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 31, 2007
Keywords: Manufacturing resource planning; Integration; Small to medium‐sized enterprises; Computer integrated manufacturing; Advanced manufacturing technologies
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