Study Guide@lith

Linköping Institute of Technology

Valid for year : 2017
TDEI13 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems: Process and Implementation, 6 ECTS credits.
/Affärssystem: process och implementering/

For:   D   I   Ii   IT   U  


Prel. scheduled hours: 46
Rec. self-study hours: 114

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Industrial Engineering and Management

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

The aim of the course is to develop understanding of and present methods for purchasing, implementing and using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, both from buying and selling points of view. The course also presents the fundamentals of ERP systems' architecture.

On completion of the course you should:

  • understand the meaning of the concept ERP system
  • be able to assess challenges and possibilities in selecting, implementing and using information systems
  • be able to find and interpret academic articles with relevance for ERP use
  • be able to orally and in writing present your own analyses and constructively contribute to and discuss others' analyses.

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Insights in organisation, business administration and information systems.

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

The course starts with a number of lectures and seminars, and discussions of the projects carried out in small groups. A written test on the course literature takes place during the first half of the course. During the second half, the emphasis is on case discussions - based on both case studies performed by others and on the projects the participants are carrying out. The course builds on the active participation of the students. Swedish business systems enterprises and purchasing companies participate in the course.

Course contents:
Buying packaged software instead of bespoke systems has become increasingly common the past 15 years. ERP systems today handle a large proportion of the administrative data processing in contemporary organisations. Different types of ERP companies, different systems architectures and strategic market persepctives are presented in the course.
Part 1: Selection and evaluation of business systems. There is an abundance of ERP systems, offering a variety of information support solutions for organisations. The choice of ERP system can have far-reaching consequences for the organisation for many years to come.
Part 2: Implementation. An implemantation can take anywhere between weeks and years. This part of the course aims to convey the complications arising in an organisation when changing ERP system. It also deals with challenges from a supplier perspective, for example the assessment of the customer's needs and capabilities.
Part 3: Use. An implemented system will contiue to be used for many years. Building on the first two parts of the course, the discussion in part three deals with the mutual influence between the users, the ERP system and the activities which the use is intended to support. An important aspect of use is how ERP systems affect - and enable - change and develpoment of the organisation's accounting and control systems, for example through easy access to non-monetary key indicators.
A number of teaching cases will be analysed and discussed.

Course literature:
Current academic articles and reports.

Project work. Seminars.
Written test
Active participition in seminars, case-studies etc
Literature test. Projects conducted in small groups, and with themes chosen by the groups in consultation with the examiner, presented in writing and discussed at seminars. To pass the course, participants need to have actively participated in seminars, completed reflection reports concerning course literature and teaching cases, duly prepared have participated in discussions of course literature, teaching cases and the work performed by other work groups, and actively have contributed to a completed project that has been presented in writing and orally in line with the directions given during the course.

Course language is Swedish/English.
Department offering the course: IEI.
Director of Studies: Johan Holtström
Examiner: Alf Westelius
Link to the course homepage at the department

Course Syllabus in Swedish

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Last updated: 06/19/2017