The chapter discusses both the complementary factors and contradictions of adopting ERP based systems with enterprise 2.0. ERP is characterized as achieving efficient business performance by enabling a standardized business process design, but at a cost of flexibility in operations. It is claimed that enterprise 2.0 can support flexible business process management and so incorporate informal and less structured interactions. A traditional view however is that efficiency and flexibility objectives are incompatible as they are different business objectives which are pursued separately in different organizational environments. Thus an ERP system with a primary objective of improving efficiency and an enterprise 2.0 system with a primary aim of improving flexibility may represent a contradiction and lead to a high risk of failure if adopted simultaneously. This chapter will use case study analysis to investigate the use of a combination of ERP and enterprise 2.0 in a single enterprise with the aim of improving both efficiency and flexibility in operations. The chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the combination of ERP with enterprise 2.0 based on social-technical information systems management theory. The chapter also provides a summary of the benefits of the combination of ERP systems and enterprise 2.0 and how they could contribute to the development of a new generation of business management that combines both formal and informal mechanisms. For example, the multiple-sites or informal communities of an enterprise could collaborate efficiently with a common platform with a certain level of standardization but also have the flexibility in order to provide an agile reaction to internal and external events.
|Title of host publication||Strategic and pragmatic e-business|
|Subtitle of host publication||implications for future business practices|
|Editors||Karim Mohammed Rezaul|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
Wang, Y., & Greasley, A. (2012). The contradictions and complementarities of combining ERP systems with enterprise 2.0 supported informal systems. In K. M. Rezaul (Ed.), Strategic and pragmatic e-business: implications for future business practices (pp. 132-155). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-1619-6.ch006