The influence of cultural values on Enterprise System adoption, towards a culture – Enterprise System alignment theory

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During the last decades, organizations worldwide have replaced their fragmented and home-grown information systems with standardized Enterprise Systems that span the entire organization. The logics embedded in Enterprise Systems, such as a centralized and integrated view on the firm, standardized organization-wide working processes, and data sharing, may or may not be congruent with the cultural context of the user organization. Especially in case of a limited alignment, the adoption and full use of the Enterprise System will require specific attention from implementers. By developing a theoretical explanation of how responses to Enterprise Systems are influenced by cultural values, we contribute to the development of a cultural alignment theory of Enterprise Systems. Drawing on Hofstede’s cultural values framework, we analysed 85 published cases from firms operating in different cultural contexts, which resulted in the modelling of two contrasting archetypical cultural profiles: one that is more, and one that is less, receptive to the logics embedded in Enterprise Systems. Our model provides
implementers with the necessary insights to develop implementation strategies that take the cultural context into account.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102453
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Culture
  • Logics
  • Alignment
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Adoption
  • Acceptance
  • Resistance

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