AN ANALYSIS OF ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NIGERIA MANUFACTURING COMPANIES: HOW READY ARE NIGERIAN MANUFACTURING FOR AN EIS IMPLEMENTATION?
Gethrude, E. (2015). AN ANALYSIS OF ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NIGERIA MANUFACTURING COMPANIES: HOW READY ARE NIGERIAN MANUFACTURING FOR AN EIS IMPLEMENTATION? (MSc Business Information Technology Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Davison, B.).
Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) plays an important role in manufacturing
companies by integrating the firm’s information, operating procedure and its functions
in all department; resulting in a better operation in the global business environment. In
developing countries like Nigeria, most manufacturing firms have been facing the need
to compete efficiently in the global markets. This is as a result of the Nigerian dynamic
business environment which continues evolving and the enormous Government
support for indigenous manufacturers. Therefore the need for an EIS cannot be
underemphasized, but because an EIS is a major investment which is expensive and
time consuming; the need to assess if a company is ready for such a major transition
becomes very important.
Assessing the readiness of Nigerian manufacturing companies for EIS implementation
is essential. There are a lot of factors to consider when determining a firms readiness
for EIS implementation. Every of these factors are qualitative and have dependency
relationship among them which is not very easy to measure. Using the TOE framework
of (Tornatzty & Fleischer, 1990) these factors can be divided into three categories
which will help generate a concise result to the research question “How ready are
Nigerian manufacturing companies for an EIS implementation?” This study predicts
the readiness level of Nigerian manufacturing companies’ base on the survey
responses of 41 employees from a wide spectrum of Nigerian manufacturing firms.
The findings showed that “readiness level” are mainly influenced by technological ,
organizational and environmental factors which basically involved assumed benefits,
assumed difficulty, technological architecture, technological skills, competitive
pressure, organization size and information management priority. It was observed that
technological factors had more impact in determining the readiness level of any firm.
This paper suggests a structure or standard that Nigerian manufacturers could use to
ascertain their company’s readiness level before embarking on an investing in EIS.
This paper is among the pivot studies that have tried to analyse the Nigerian
manufacturing companies’ readiness for an EIS with respect to TOE framework. Also
it is among the initial attempt to measure the tangible determinants of readiness
against the intangible determinants such optimism, innovativeness, insecurity and