Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems continue, even in 2010, to be an important change agenda in business. With a long term development spanning 15 years ERP-systems have changed profoundly, and diversified into a number of businesses. Yet this article is addressing two major issues left aside in the IS-research on ERP: the technological content and the time dynamics.Using two different small reviews of journal articles from IS journals in 2004 and 2010 it is showed how IS research on ERP delivers strong insight in social processes and conditions around ERP, but largely disregards the content development of the ERP-technology, delivering research where it appears to be enough to characterize the technology through the mere term “ERP”. This means that ERP-research is disregarding the profound technology changes and their impact on the business challenges,when implementing and operating ERP. It is discussed whether sociomaterial, actornetwork approaches can deliver another and richer analysis or whether a dual paradigmatic approach, combining a content analysis on the technical side, based on a systems theory approach, with a sociological approach to the social side, would be a superior approach.
Proceedings / Information Systems Research in Scandinavia (iris), 2010, Vol 33
information systems; Enterprise Resource Planning; research review; time; technological content
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Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, 2010