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Contribution of procurement capacity of public agencies to attainment of procurement objectives in infrastructure procurement

Patrick Manu (Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK )
Richard Ohene Asiedu (Department of Building Technology, Koforidua Polytechnic, Koforidua, Ghana)
Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu (Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England - Frenchay Campus, Bristol, UK)
Paul Olaniyi Olomolaiye (Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England - Frenchay Campus, Bristol, UK)
Colin Booth (Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England - Frenchay Campus, Bristol, UK)
Emmanuel Manu (School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Saheed Ajayi (School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)
Kofi Agyekum (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 22 January 2021

Issue publication date: 4 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Effective procurement of infrastructure is linked to the attainment of the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. While the capacity of organisations is generally thought to be related to organisational performance, there is a lack of empirical insights concerning the contribution of procurement capacity of public organisations towards the attainment of procurement objectives in infrastructure procurement. Thus, it is unclear which aspects of the capacity of public procurement organisations contribute the most to the attainment of procurement objectives in the procurement of infrastructure. This research sought to address this gap.

Design/methodology/approach

The research used a survey of public procurement professionals which yielded 590 responses.

Findings

Exploratory factor analysis of 23 organisational capacity items revealed three components of organisational procurement capacity: “management of the procurement process”; “human and physical resources”; and “financial resources and management”. Multiple regression modelling of the relationship between the components and the attainment of 12 procurement objectives further reveals that there is a significant positive relationship between the three components and all the objectives. However, “management of the procurement process” emerged as the greatest contributor to the attainment of seven objectives, whereas “human and physical resources”, and “financial resources and management” were the greatest contributor to the attainment of one objective and four objectives, respectively.

Originality/value

The study provides strong empirical justification for investment in the development of procurement capacity of public agencies involved in procurement of infrastructure. Furthermore, procurement capacity development of specific capacity components can be prioritised based on the relative contribution of capacity components to the attainment of desired procurement objectives. This should be useful to government policymakers as well as multilateral organisations that fund infrastructure and procurement reforms in various countries.

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Acknowledgements

The authors extend their appreciation to the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) for providing funding for data collection in Nigeria as part of the Urbanisation Research Nigeria programme.

Citation

Manu, P., Asiedu, R.O., Mahamadu, A.-M., Olomolaiye, P.O., Booth, C., Manu, E., Ajayi, S. and Agyekum, K. (2021), "Contribution of procurement capacity of public agencies to attainment of procurement objectives in infrastructure procurement", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 28 No. 10, pp. 3322-3345. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-05-2020-0375

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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