An effective decision-support framework for implementing enterprise information systems within SMEs

Paul Blackwell, Esam M. Shehab, John M. Kay

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Small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the economy in most countries. With the opening up of the economy, it is crucial that SMEs continuously improve their competitiveness to assert themselves in the global market. There is also a greater need for information integration in SMEs that lack the financial resources and business resilience of large enterprises. This research paper presents the development process of an effective decision-support framework for adopting integrated information systems within SMEs. The methodology comprises 11 steps, such as identifying information systems-related business problems, forming a project team, and assessing legacy systems and software vendors. The development process of the decision-support methodology has passed through four major stages: identifying the required specification of the methodology, selection and justification of the most suitable delivery medium, creating and evaluating a pilot version of the methodology, and developing the final decision-support methodology and the workbook in which it is embodied. An evaluation of the methodology concluded that it would help to improve the outcome of an integrated systems project by providing motivation, saving time, reducing risks, and assisting with decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3533-3552
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision support
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Implementation
  • SMEs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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