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Towards the third-wave of higher enterprise system education: Three Scandinavian cases

Conference paper
Authors Urban Ask
Gustaf Juell-Skielse
Johan Magnusson
Dag, H Olsen
Tero Päivarinta
Published in Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia
Volume 31
Publication year 2008
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, Management Accounting Group
Language en
Subject categories Economics and Business

Abstract

With enterprise systems being a natural part of any business environment, they are becoming an integrated part of educational environments. With the systems having the potential to illustrate, visualize and simulate business and decision-making processes to students of both business and IT, they hold vast potential for playing a crucial role in future pedagogic innovation within higher education. Through accounts of previous experiences of enterprise system inclusion, the majority of examples have been single installations of large and highly complex enterprise systems. This has led to a high degree of failure and difficulties for academia to realize many of the potential benefits. This article reports from three cases from Scandinavian higher education, where a wide selection of different mid-market enterprise systems have been applied in the educational environment. These three cases are seen as examples of a third wave of enterprise system inclusion within higher education, relating the findings to what Hawking et al (2004) described as the second wave. This third wave is signified by a strong focus on introducing the systems as vehicles of pedagogic innovation rather than as a means in themselves, and through a focus on less complex systems from a multitude of different vendors.

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