Free/open source ERP and translations processes: four empirical cases

Elena Erbizzoni*, Maurizio Teli, GianMarco Campagnolo, Stefano De Paoli, Vincenzo D'Andrea

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Abstract

Can ERP be studied from the point of view of Science and Technology Studies? What kind of insights this approach can bring to the comprehension of the phenomenon? These are the questions we are trying to answer with this paper. In the Information Systems field, ERP have been studied according to three main approaches: ethnomethodology, phenomenology, and deconstructivism. We show how these accounts are not able to describe ERP as complex artifacts.

We suggest that an actor — network theory approach, without making a priori assumptions about the role that technology, society, politics and economics can enact, is a powerful theoretical instrument in the study of ERP. Drawing from a comparative analysis of four systems (Compiere, Erp5, GNUe and Open for Business), we show how the choice of a free/open source license was made according to different goals, and entered in the translation processes taking place in the ERP development; shaping communities, customers and developers.

In conclusion, we believe that our approach can be fruitfully applied to the study of other topics connected to ERP, such as accountability, thanks to its ability to show how the different aspects are relationally shaped.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and practical issues of enterprise information systems
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP TC 8 International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems (CONFENIS 2006) April 24-26, 2006, Vienna, Austria
EditorsA. Min Tjoa, Li Xu, Sohail S. Chaudhry
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherSpringer
Pages695-704
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780387344560
ISBN (Print)9780387343457, 9780387343458
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP TC 8 International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 24 Apr 200626 Apr 2006

Publication series

NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing (IFIPAICT)
PublisherSpringer
Volume205
ISSN (Print)1571-5736
ISSN (Electronic)1861-2288

Conference

ConferenceIFIP TC 8 International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems
Abbreviated titleCONFENIS 2006
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period24/04/0626/04/06

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    Erbizzoni, E., Teli, M., Campagnolo, G., De Paoli, S., & D'Andrea, V. (2006). Free/open source ERP and translations processes: four empirical cases. In A. M. Tjoa, L. Xu, & S. S. Chaudhry (Eds.), Research and practical issues of enterprise information systems: IFIP TC 8 International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems (CONFENIS 2006) April 24-26, 2006, Vienna, Austria (pp. 695-704). (IFIP International Federation for Information Processing (IFIPAICT); Vol. 205). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-34456-X_76