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Working title for the dissertation is Business Analysis of Large-sized Enterprises Applying ERP System in China. In this proposal I focus on ERP system applications in Chinese large-sized enterprises

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Table of Contents 1 personal detail .......................................................................... 2 Working title for the dissertation and abstract............ ...................... 3 Motive and principal research question/problem............................ 3.1 Research motive.......................................................................... 3.2 Principle research questions.......................................................................... 4 Innovations with explicit reference to the relevant existing literature.................... 4.1 literature review.......................................................................... 4.2 Innovations with explicit reference........................................................... 5. Research Method.......................................................................... 5.1 Using secondary data.......................................................................... 5.2 Structured observation.......................................................................... 5.3 Interview.......................................................................... 6. Ethical considerations.......................................................................... 7. Gantt Chart.......................................................................... 8. Working structure of dissertation and future perspective........................... 9. References....................................... .................................................. 2 Working title for the dissertation and abstract Working title for the dissertation is 'Business Analysis of Large-sized Enterprises Applying ERP System in China'. In this proposal I focus on ERP system applications in Chinese large-sized enterprises. While some studies exist in this respect, they seem to be completely isolated and even expressing contradictory results at places. Therefore, I will provide an expository research on existing literatures related to ERP applications in China. It aims to specify studies with Chinese large-sized firms, and to be oriented towards ERP system in business management category, that means I will have a particular emphasis in business concept, and avoiding confusing theory related to ERP software in IT industry. And also focus on key topics and issues related to new western ERP systems including information sharing strategies model and integrating E-Operations inventory system, both from the literature review and putting them into perspective. For extracting organisations as a specialized research aspect, the outcomes of the dissertation intend to provide a more specific view of current ERP implementations in China, especially regarding the provided references and facilitate large-sized organisations obtain their respective suggestions, while avoiding obstacles for the future adoption. 3 Motive and principal research question/problem 3.1 Research motive The aim of this research is to question the nature of large-sized enterprises in China and its implication with ERP software. ...read more.

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the misfits between an ERP system and organizational culture (Davison, 2002); the variety of ownership structures, including state-owned, private-held, joint-venture, foreign-owned etc. (Jacobs & Whybark, 2000); the language barrier(Liang et al, 2004), and so on. Basic on these factors above, I will try to make a co-examination of large enterprise and ERP; in addition, find some more innovations and also make the outcomes on the basis of previous literature, in order to make them reliable and reasonable. 1. Under a different structure, large companies have their own specific situation. Recently, research on SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises firms) is becoming a hot topic, because these companies' number constitutes a great majority part of China's total industrial sector (Liang and Xue, 2004). But China is a special case of ownership structures. Most large firms are state-owned enterprises and hold the main economic lifeline in China. And also, past researches are considered focusing on a general aspect and not in depth in this industry, especially for ERP aspect(Markus, et al, 2000; Liang, et al, 2004). This research will examine the success and failure case of ERP implementation projects in Chinese large organizations from the perspective inside the organisation. One Chinese large state-owned firm will be selected as the primary object of this research. 2. Not why they fail, but what can be learnt inside this scope. The continuing development of ERP systems has been considered by many researchers and practitioners as one of the major information system developing trend in this decade. However, research in the ERP area is still lacking and the gap in the ERP literature is huge. Academic studies reveal foreign ERP system is partially not suitable for Chinese firms' situation and the successful implementation rate is still quite low (Ge & Vo�, 2009). ...read more.

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During the research, I will keep expression netiquette, treat each case sensitively and individually, and follow the data protection legislation. Neither intrudes on a respondent's privacy nor to abandon normal respect for an individual's values, and gain permission before publicising my findings. 7. Gantt Chart Organising the research process is the essential characteristic of producing scientific research. So I use Gantt Chart to provide a simple visual representation of the research tasks that make up a project, each being plotted against a time line. I will follow this systematic protocol step by step, in order to better assign the amount of time and workloads allocated. KEY DATES: 1. April 21st: Submit proposal to tutor 2. June 3rd: Proposal returned 3. July 13th: Begin fieldwork 4. July 27th: Complete fieldwork 5. August 28th: Complete draft and hand in 6. September 11th: Final submission 8. Working structure of dissertation and future perspective Firstly, I will discuss some general adoption issues before considering the specific case of China. Secondly, analysis ERP models which have been widely used in western countries by literature review. Thirdly, analysis real cases and interleave with a wealth of references supporting my statements (implications). In the fourth part, emphasise some problems which China should take measures from western experiences according to specific circumstances; and Section five provides some final remarks. ERP system has great development potential in Chinese firms in the future. But when applying in practical, we will encounter problems during the present 'trial run'. Undeniable, this proposal contains many immature plans when combing several factors together. It needs future in-depth research and professional suggestions. I will be really appreciated if corrections can be suggested when any errors appearing. 9. ...read more.

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