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Assessing factors affecting results of APS implementations
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to study if ERP success factors are applicable in APS implementations.

Methodology: A multiple case study including four companies that have implemented an APS concerning their tactical planning process is conducted. Critical Success Factors derived from the ERP literature and described effects from APS implementations are studied at the companies. The cases are compared concerning their fulfilment of the critical success factors with respect to the effects they have experienced.

Findings: Findings show that several critical success factors concerning ERP most likely are applicable in APS implementations. Also, the findings verify some of the previous described effects from APS implementations.

Practical implications: The findings show some factors to pay attention to when going through APS implementation projects. They also show some of the effects that can be expected if succeeding with the APS implementation. Both these implications are of use to managers that consider implementing an APS.

Originality/value: Studies considering success factors in APS implementations are lacking in the published literature. Testing ERP success factors application on APS implementations has not been done before. The findings of this paper fill some of that gap.

Keyword [en]
Advanced planning systems, critical success factors, multiple case study
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63283OAI: diva2:377673
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2010-12-14
In thesis
1. Case studies in Advanced Planning Systems for Tactical Planning in Process Industries
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2010 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on the use of Advanced Planning System (APSs) in the tactical planning process. In addition, there is a special focus towards process industries. The overall aim is to find out if and how APSs can support the tactical planning processes and add value to the company. A discussion on APSs as such is also presented, as the general definition of APS is unclear.

The study is based on three case studies, first a longitudinal case study at a single company, second a in-depth case study at the same company and last a multiple case study at four Scandinavian companies. The case descriptions provide answers to the overall purpose of the thesis, but they also contribute to the general knowledge concerning APSs, as they describe industrial use of these systems.

The study reveals several improvements that companies have achieved by implementing APSs and it conclude that APSs can support the tactical planning process. The improvements are seen either as results of process changes needed to implement the APS or the APS itself. Among the improvements, centralizing, automatizing and streamlining of the tactical planning processes are three of the most prominent. But several other improvements are also found, for example improvements concerning the customer service level and inventory levels.

Although several successful implementations, it is not uncommon that implementations projects fail, which is why companies need to be careful when deciding to invest in an APS. Factors found to be linked to success concerning APS implementations are discussed, with the APS’s fit to the company’s processes and existing systems along with promotional activities, either by a project champion or the top management, are found to be important.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. 38 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1460
National Category
Engineering and Technology
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62822 (URN)978-91-7393-259-2 (ISBN)
2010-12-22, ACAS, House A,, Campus Valla, Linköping University, Linköping, 12:52 (English)
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-06 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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