Understanding information systems infrastructure in engineering SMEs: A case study

Ben J Hicks, Stephen J Culley, Christopher A McMahon, P Powell

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The benefits of Integrated enterprise-wide information systems (IS), such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, are widely accepted The implementation of such systems in large organisations is established with many in their second or third generation. However, in small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the maturity and extent of their IS infrastructure is less clear. In engineering SMEs, this infrastructure needs to support not only business processes but also the activities of design and manufacture. In this case study, our goal is to provide a better understanding of current IS infrastructure, the functional elements of IS infrastructure, integration and expenditures are explored in ten engineering SMEs. A model of IS functionality is developed and used to identify and classify functional elements within the firms and to compare and contrast the IS infrastructures. The findings are contrasted with the SME literature and conclusions and implications developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-73
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • integration
  • engineering SMEs
  • information systems
  • information dependencies
  • functional elements
  • investment


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