8: Interests and Limitations of the Research – ERP and Information Systems

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Interests and Limitations of the Research

This chapter explains the strength and weakness of this research. It also suggests some search tracks and some refinements for future research which could be interesting in order to complete this work.

The added value of this book is to show how a possible IS disintegration, instead of a desired integration, could happen due to the evolution of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. This idea, which, according to our knowledge, has not been studied before, can indicate the direction of new paths of research. As a result, this book could be considered to be a foundation on which to build, in the future, wide-ranging research in the field of the relationships between the evolution of ERP systems and information system (IS) integration or disintegration.

This book could be useful for researchers, teachers and students as part of their analysis and understanding related to the role, contribution and position of the ERP system within the whole IS. In the coming years, our work may also be interesting for the research and development led by vendors to better guide the evolution of their ERP systems. All stakeholders (firms, IS managers, consultants, consulting firms, information technology (IT) companies and project teams, etc.) could also find in this book the type of best practices that can help them in the exercise of their profession.

This study, does, however, have several limitations. First, our choice of research factors affecting the relationships between the evolution of ERP systems and IS integration or disintegration may not be exhaustive. In fact, our choices were focused on the factors that we have considered to be significant in relation to our research question in today’s context. Second, there was a paucity of literature to review in the field of the IS disintegration, which did not allow us to have the necessary foundation to write a wide-ranging research book. Third, we did not address a statistical analysis in this research, which was limited to a qualitative research method. Consequently, for all of these reasons, the generalizability of the findings may be limited.

Based on these limitations, we would like to propose refinements for future research. As we were looking in this book to highlight some new tendencies in the progress of evolution, for which a certain amount of observation is necessary, our study needs to be completed. Therefore, other complementary research, especially longitudinal and statistical analysis, will be interesting in the future.