Planning for the market? Enterprise resource planning systems and the contradictions of capital

Wilson, FA and Robinson, BA 2001, 'Planning for the market? Enterprise resource planning systems and the contradictions of capital' , ACM SIGMIS Database, 32 (4) , pp. 21-33.

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Enterprise Resource Planning is the most overarching attempt so far to control a firm's economic environment using information technology. An analysis of its functions, potential, and limitations thus requires an economic model that provides a conceptual framework for understanding the enterprise's goals, activities and environment. Marx's analysis of the processes of accumulation and circulation of capital is used here to assess ERP systems, with the conclusion that, rather than being a fad, ERPs attempt to answer certain general problems of capital accumulation that are particularly acute today. Their limitations are shown to be inherent in the capital form itself, in particular the dependence of capital on market relations in exchange.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enterprise Resource Planning, Marxist economics, circuit of capital, supply chain management
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Journal or Publication Title: ACM SIGMIS Database
Publisher: ACM Digital Library
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00950033
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2009 13:22
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 13:36

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