Readiness factors affecting e-procurement in South African government departments

Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management

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Title Readiness factors affecting e-procurement in South African government departments
Creator Maepa, Dineo N. Mpwanya, Musenga F. Phume, Tshishikhawe B.
Subject — public procurement; e-procurement; e-procurement readiness; e-readiness; e-procurement technology adoption.
Description Background: South Africa’s government departments use a manual paper-based procurement system with some electronic features despite the high level of human interference contributing to corruption, favouritism and inefficiency associated with manual paper-based procurement system. This suggests a lack of readiness towards full e-procurement adoption in South Africa’s public sector. However, studies on readiness factors affecting e-procurement adoption have been scantly investigated in multiple government departments in South Africa.Objectives: This study aims to determine the readiness factors that affect e-procurement in multiple government departments in South Africa.Method: A quantitative research design was adopted to sample 113 public procurement officials using a cluster sampling method from five identified national government departments across five ministerial clusters. The data were collected using an online self-administered survey questionnaire and processed and analysed through Stata Release 15 statistical analysis software.Results: Six factors were identified to influence e-procurement readiness in South African government departments. These include technology and organisation’s finance, among others. These factors will aid in effective planning of government departments regarding e-procurement readiness.Conclusion: Government departments should consider the factors that influence e-procurement readiness when deciding to adopt e-procurement system. This would help government departments to plan effectively e-procurement acquisition, running and training of users and thereby streamlining their procurement processes, reducing operating costs and minimising corruption.Contribution: This study fills a lack of knowledge on the readiness factors affecting e-PP adoption in the South African government department context. The knowledge of these factors, generated through empirical analysis, would guide government departments when deciding on e-PP readiness and streamline procurement processes in South Africa.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-06-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jtscm.v17i0.874
Source Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management; Vol 17 (2023); 12 pages 1995-5235 2310-8789
Language eng
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