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The influence of knowledge management and professionalization on the use of ERP systems and its effect on the competitive advantages of SMEs

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Enterprise Information Systems
  • Volumen: 13
  • Número: 9
  • Fecha: 01 January 2019
  • Páginas: 1245-1274
  • ISSN: 17517583 17517575
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1080/17517575.2019.1640393
  • Document Type: Review
  • Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.michael.wagreich@univie.ac.at
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Although the literature on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems emphasizes the importance of knowledge management and professionalization in the use of these systems, the factors that mediate these relationships are not sufficiently developed in SMEs. This study proposes the adequate application of knowledge management and professionalization would help to improve the use of ERP systems. The research uses the structural equation approach based on PLS-SEM technique with a sample of 137 Spanish SMEs. The results show that professionalization and knowledge management significantly affect the use of ERP, as well as imply a mediating effect on the competitive advantages of the SMEs. Abbreviations: ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning; SMEs: Small and Medium Enterprises; PLS: Partial Least Squares; SEM: Structural Equation Modelling.

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