A project management framework for small- and medium-sized entities : accounting software implementation
CITATION: Bishop, W. A. 2018. A project management framework for small- and medium-sized entities : accounting software implementation. Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences, 11(1):a183, doi:10.4102/jef.v11i1.183.
The original publication is available at https://jefjournal.org.za
Small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs) continuously face the challenge of proper implementation of accounting packages. Not managing the package installation and configuration processes properly will result in the accounting software not working properly and not achieving the strategic goals of the SME. The purpose of this study was to examine, by means of an extensive literature review, the potential of PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) as a project-management framework for application by SMEs during the implementation of new accounting software. The potential of scaling down PRINCE2 to a version usable to SMEs was investigated. PRINCE2 was found to be a suitable framework for use by SMEs in the implementation of accounting software packages, but only if tailored properly to incorporate the specific needs of the SME and adjusted to specifically address strategic alignment issues. Recommendations by other researchers on the weaknesses and shortcomings of the PRINCE2 framework were also investigated and included in the development of a new model for SMEs. This article contributes to the academic literature by providing it with a standard tailored version of PRINCE2 that can be used by SMEs in the implementation of new accounting software.