Selecting an ERP system can be a painful exercise due to infighting within your own company plus who gets the blame when the ERP package does not live up to expectations from the beauty parade.
The questions you need to ask about the corporate style of your company could be.
· Does your corporate culture encourage/discourage micro-management?
· Does your business environment value team participation over individual showboating?
· Does your company encourage quick conflict resolution as opposed to hoping disagreements will go away by themselves?
· Can the project manager handle the necessary responsibility and authority, or will he choke?
· Will all senior mangers commit to personal as well as corporate goals?
· Will responsibility for failure as well as success be shared?
· Can resources be committed and kept through the duration of the project.
· Can a committee be established to resolve management differences quickly
· Will the project manager be an experienced, respected, powerful user?
· Will top management support the ERP project even when they have a profits warning.
There are few companies that can answer yes to all of these questions, but knowing how your company deals with each is important to your project's success.