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Addressing the challenge of strategic alignment faced by small and medium-sized entities during the selection of accounting software packages

dc.contributor.authorBishop, William Arthuren_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-16T06:57:36Z
dc.date.available2018-04-16T06:57:36Z
dc.date.issued2016-12-27
dc.identifier.citationBishop, W. A. 2016. Addressing the challenge of strategic alignment faced by small and medium-sized entities during the selection of accounting software packages. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 16(1):31-54, doi:10.19030/iber.v16i1.9883.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2157-9393 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1535-0754 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.19030/iber.v16i1.9883
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103970
dc.descriptionCITATION: Bishop, W. A. 2016. Addressing the challenge of strategic alignment faced by small and medium-sized entities during the selection of accounting software packages. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 16(1):31-54, doi:10.19030/iber.v16i1.9883.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://www.cluteinstitute.com/ojs/index.php/IBER
dc.description.abstractENGLISH SUMMARY : Alignment between an entity’s strategic business objectives and its information systems (ISs) has recently received research attention. Currently, small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) still face the challenge of successfully aligning their strategic business objectives with their ISs. Various small generic accounting software packages are available for purchase by SMEs. These accounting packages all have functionalities that enable SMEs to keep proper accounting records. However, due to their generic nature, these accounting packages do not always have sufficient functionalities to drive the SMEs’ strategic business objectives, resulting in IS misalignment. Not selecting the correct accounting software package will result in the accounting software not addressing the strategic business needs of the SME. The purpose of this study is to review and discuss the challenges faced by SMEs when selecting generic accounting packages and to develop a mapping between strategic business objectives commonly found within SMEs and software package functionalities that SMEs can refer to during the selection and implementation of new accounting software packages. This is accomplished on a non-empirical basis through a review of pertinent literature. In order for a SME to select the correct accounting software package, it is important that it invest time and effort in considering the software functionalities provided by the software package and map it against its strategic business imperatives to prevent failure of the package.
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.19030/iber.v16i1.9883en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.cluteinstitute.com/ojs/index.php/IBER/article/view/9883
dc.format.extent24 pages ; illustrations
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherClute Instituteen_ZA
dc.subjectStrategic planningen_ZA
dc.subjectStrategic alignmenten_ZA
dc.subjectAccounting -- Data processingen_ZA
dc.subjectAccounting -- Computer programsen_ZA
dc.subjectSmall businessen_ZA
dc.titleAddressing the challenge of strategic alignment faced by small and medium-sized entities during the selection of accounting software packagesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
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