Dissertation: A System Analysis Approach to Analyze and Develop ERP Systems

Modern manufacturing applies Lean Manufacturing Systems, also known as the Toyota Production System (TPS), to reduce waste and increase efficiency. Organizations are often forced to implement their Lean manufacturing independently of their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system due to their conflicting philosophies and therefore finding themselves administrating two independent systems. The relevance of this research is to examine and discover the differences between the Lean principles and ERP applied principles when designing, developing and implementing enterprise systems in organizations. Furthermore, the research will attempt to propose a conceptual framework that can reconcile these differences and bridge the gap between the two system philosophies.