Teaching Enterprise Systems Curriculum in Developing Countries

By Paul Hawking.

Published by The Learner Collection

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More than 1,000 universities worldwide have incorporated SAP solutions in their curriculum to teach different aspects of Enterprise Systems. This reflects the importance of Enterprise Systems to modern business and the worldwide shortage of SAP related skills. These two factors threatens the viability of many Enterprise Systems implementations and limits the adoption of Enterprise Systems in developing countries. SAP, the leading Enterprise Systems vendor, has established its University Alliance Program (UAP) to help address these skill shortages. The SAP UAP provides the opportunity for universities to access SAP solutions and associated curriculum, to facilitate teaching, at a reduced cost. This paper proposes that the real cost for universities, to access SAP solutions, varies from country to country presenting a possible barrier for developing countries. A number of alternative options are presented to lessen this barrier.

Keywords: Enterprise Systems Education, SAP University Alliance Program, University Competence Center

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp.367-376. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.937KB).

Paul Hawking

SAP Academic Program Director, Management and Information Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paul is a lecture in Information Systems at Victoria University. He is one of the leading commentators on ERP systems and specifically SAP solutions. His knowledge is well respected in both industry and academia and accordingly is often required to assist companies with their ERP strategies and understanding SAP solutions. He has presented at leading industry and academic conferences. He is an “Expert Blogger” on the SAP Community Network. He trains and advises academics around the world in regards to ERP systems curriculum. He was a past Chairperson and committee member of the SAP Australian User Group (SAUG) for the past 10 years and was responsible for knowledge transfer. He now designs and advises the SAUG on the content for their events. Paul is also one Australia’s best selling IT authors having written 10 books which are sold throughout the world. He lectures in ERP systems and Business Intelligence and has published more than 100 research papers. He is the only academic in the world to achieve the status of SAP Mentor.


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