E-Procurement as Digital Collaboration in an Integrated Coalition Limited by EU Regulation

Authors Paul Postmes, Marja Exalto-Sijbrands, Pascal Ravesteijn
Published in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance ICMLG 2018
Publication date 24 May 2018
Research groups Process Innovation and Information Systems
Type Lecture


from the article: Supply chain integration intensifies through digitalisation of business administration (BA) processes. However, it is unclear whether differences exist between the public and private sector in development or implementation of supply chain integration solutions. The large scope of the supply chain, being a large network of companies working together towards one end product, is limited for this study to e-procurement processes. The related software solutions are included. This study starts with a theoretical snapshot of e-procurement. This is followed by a process viewpoint of the e-procurement function. Next five different forms of e-procurement cooperation are presented seen from an actors network viewpoint. The utilisation of these forms create insight in the differences between the public and private sector in their e-procurement adoption behaviour. The process maturity scan results shows that the process maturity between the two sectors is comparable. However, this only explains the differences per sector concerning their ability to improve and control their processes in general. For reliability, this step is followed by three in-depth interviews combined with analyses of recent e-procurement behaviour studies involving the two sectors. The final step compares the maturity outcome with the in-depth data results. Both sectors show certain forms of coalition in the e-procurement. Where ‘competition’ is a construct that drives the private sector, the public sector has cost control as a driver towards collaboration and integration within e-procurement. This can only partially be explained by the past European financial crises. Differences are found in digital collaboration and the integration itself. The most important difference lies in the European tendering procedure to which the public sector (unlike the private) is restricted. In nature an e-procurement design and development project does not fit the prescribed procedures.

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Language English
Published in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance ICMLG 2018
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISBN:978-1-911218-82-1
Key words e-procurement, collaboration, B2G, flexibility, actors network theory, European tendering

Paul Postmes