Original Research

Using enterprise resource planning systems to manage property processes

Anthea P. Amadi-Echendu
South African Journal of Information Management | Vol 25, No 1 | a1607 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v25i1.1607 | © 2023 Anthea P. Amadi-Echendu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 August 2022 | Published: 28 April 2023

About the author(s)

Anthea P. Amadi-Echendu, Department of Operations Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


Background: The various organisations that are involved in property transfer transactions tend to work as autonomous units within the end-to-end property supply chain. This compartmentalisation of activities and tasks creates inefficiencies and a lack of transparency.

Objectives: There is a need to review the current paper-based processes by evaluating the end-to-end processes in their entirety.

Method: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with prominent role-players involved in the property transfer process in South Africa. The general systems view was used as the theoretical underpinning of the research, whereby property processes across the property supply chain should be viewed as a single system.

Results: Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems may assist in integrating workflow processes to enhance productivity and collaboration, and improve overall property processes. The participants confirmed the need for a centralised platform with integrated workflows.

Conclusion: Participants who were interviewed concurred that a centralised system would produce numerous benefits and enhanced efficiencies through a streamlined and more transparent process. Therefore, the researcher recommends that an ERP system be introduced across the property supply chain. A centralised ERP management system would enable all parties to a particular property transaction to have sight of the progress of the transaction and reduce capturing errors across various systems.

Contribution: The article will be useful within the immovable property industry, as well as to the buyers, sellers, and academia. Future studies could focus on how an ERP system could be integrated into the property supply chain.


enterprise resource planning; property processes; general systems theory; processes; property transactions, supply chain

JEL Codes

L85: Real Estate Services

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure


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