The Role Played by Interdependences in ERP Implementations: An Empirical Analysis of Critical Factors that Minimize Elapsed Time Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2010

start page

  • 87

end page

  • 95


  • 2


  • 47

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0378-7206

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-7530


  • We analyzed the role played by different module types that influence the time spent on an ERP implementation. By using the concept of interdependences together with organizational integration theory, we
    distinguished between business-support and value-chain modules and
    affirmed that their respective implementation times would differ. We
    also highlighted the existence of time-savings and facilitator
    mechanisms that could reduce the total elapsed time for an ERP
    implementation with these module types. We found empirical support for
    our hypotheses by using data from 141 organizations and using
    econometric duration models. Through contextual, organizational, and
    project specific controls, our results lead us to the conclusion that
    value-chain modules take longer than business-support modules to
    implement. Furthermore, we found empirical evidence of time-savings and
    facilitator mechanisms in the ERP implementation process.