Mr Yi Wan

Doctoral Student

Operations and Information Management Group


Phone  +44(0)787 569 6036
Email  wany@aston.ac.uk / yiwan.vincent@gmail.com
Room  1103, 11th Floor South Wing


Yi Wan is a doctoral student at Aston Business School.  He has a Bachelors from Birmingham City University and a Masters from Warwick Business School.  His research, investigating enterprise information systems (IS) with operation management for business, focuses on IS strategy and enterprise integration perspectives.  He has published two articles at '15th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium' in UK and 'CENTERIS Enterprise Information System' international conferece in Portugal.

Education and Qualifications

  • 2010-Present:  Aston University Business School.  Doctoral Researcher
  • 2009:  Warwick University Business School.  Master of Science (MSc Hons) in Information Systems Management (ISM)
  • 2008:  Birmingham City University (formerly University of Central England).  Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Computer Networks in Business.

Research Interests

  • Enterprise information system management (particularly - Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP systems)
  • Inter-company management of enterprises
  • Cloud computing / Service oriented architecture / Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Supply chain management
  • Customer relationship management
  • E-business / Inter-organizational e-governance
  • Operation management practice
  • Grounded theory research

Thesis Title

A new dynamic framework for managing ERP systems development and enterprise strategy.

Research Description

The enterprise management (EM) approach provides a holistic view of organizations and their related information systems (IS).  In order to align information technology (IT) innovation with global markets and volatile virtualization, traditional firms are seeking to reconstruct their enterprise structures alongside repositioning strategy and establish new information system (IS) architectures to transform from single autonomous entities into more open enterprises supported by new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.  This research aims to shed light on the issues of how ERP engage-abilites cater for three distinctive EM patterns and resultant strategies.  The purpose is to examine the presumptions and importance of combining ERP and inter-firm relations relying on the virtual value chain concept.  From a review of the literature on ERP development and enterprise strategy, exploratory inductive research studies in six cases (i.e. manufacturing, printing, banking, retail sectors) would be conducted by the means of grounded theory.  In addition, a novel dynamic conceptual framework would be proposed to demonstrate the adoption and governance of ERP in the three enterprise management forms and points to a new architectural type (ERPIII) for operating in the virtual enterprise paradigm.

This research study appears to be one of the early studies empirically exploring the relationship between ERP systems and enterprise strategies in a collaborative manner.  It is important to those companies grappling with the 'right' approach to steer their collaborative and agile enterprise strategies and improve the corporate performance around 'virtual value net' and the use of ERP systems while seeking greater profits or levels of efficiency by increasing their levels of inter-organizational collaboration.  The resulting induced dynamic framework and "ERPIII" concept would facilitate enterprise managers to decide whether, why and how to adopt ERP systems dependent upon critical endogenous and exogenous factors.  This research also provides useful information to those interested in application of the newly oriented platforms and services designed to extend ERP modules.

Research Keywords

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Management, Virtual Value Chain, Dynamic Tranformation, SOA


Dr Ben Clegg & Dr Prasanta Dey


  • BN1160 - Information Technology in Business (UG)

  • BN2289 - Enterprise Resource Planning (UG)


Refereed Conferences

  1. Wan, Y. and Clegg, B.T. 'Managing ERP, Interoperability Strategy and Dynamic Change in Enterprises' POMS 2011 22nd Annual Conference. April 29 - May 2. Reno, Nevada, U.S.A. (Accepted).

  2. Wan, Y. and Clegg, B.T. 'Enterprise Management and ERP Development: Case Study of Zoomlion using Dynamic Enterprise Reference Grid' in CENTRIC 2010 - Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems. Eds. J.E. Qunitela Varajao. Part I, CCIS, pp.191-198. October 20-22, Portugal Sringer Verlag.

  3. Wan, Y. and Clegg, B.T. 'Achieving Agility in Transforming Manufacturing Firms through Enterprise Management and ERP Development: Virtual Value Chain Concept' 15th International Cambridge Manufacturing Symposium. 23-24 September 2010, Cambridge University www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/cim/symposium2010/proceedings/

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