Sap Implementation at Metalica: an Organizational Drama in Two Acts

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M ICH EL AVIT AL and BETTY VANDENBOSCH
Department of Information Systems, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7235 USA

This play attempts to reconstruct the social reality of key players at Metalica during the ® rst couple of years of SAP implementation. Rather than adopting one perspective about the SAP project, we provide the views of different participants using their own words, arguments and ideas as much as possible. The play is constructed from summaries of systematic interviews which were changed only to suit scholarly objectives and a dramatic presentation. At the request of the company involved, the names and locations in this case have been disguised. Act 1 describes the company’ s vision concerning the implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, a crisis which emerged during the initial phase of implementation and the actions taken to remedy the shortfalls. Act 2 describes the project management, the dynamics between the implementation team members and the organizational implications of an ERP system implementation. The actual performance of the play and a subsequent discussion among the participants enable students to re-create and experience the thrills, frustrations, dilemmas and concerns originally expressed by the people who inspired this account of SAP implementation. Using theatre in an academic environment opens new avenues for critical observation, integrative sense making and experiential learning.

Act 1
Scene 1: The Vision
11 April 1996 ± at the weekly meeting of Metalica’s executive team in the Pittsburgh corporate of® ce. Spring time. A few scattered cirri cruise in the blue sky and another sunny day blesses the newly dressed trees.

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