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The Social Construction Of Systems Applications Products (SAP) R/3 By Employees Of A South African Chemical Industries Company

Arnold Beyleveld, Willem Schurink
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 3, No 1 | a59 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v3i1.59 | © 1970 Arnold Beyleveld, Willem Schurink | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 November 2005 | Published:

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Arnold Beyleveld, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Willem Schurink, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Many companies that have implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system do not reap the intended benefits of the potential inherent in these systems despite their exorbitant implementation cost. The reasons for this are numerous. This study is aimed at understanding the social impact a Systems Applications Products (SAP) R/3 implementation had on the end users of a South African Company in the Chemical Industry. A qualitative process evaluation study was undertaken to obtain a clearer understanding of the underlying organisational cultural factors that emerged from such an implementation. The objective was to provide a framework for companies considering such an implementation to ensure better system productivity and to assist companies already using an ERP solution with continuous improvement.


Social construction; South African Chemical


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