Government’s e-procurement system has not caught on as rapidly as has e-Bay! This article examines the slow implementation rate of public e-procurement systems. It challenges the notion that efficiency gains alone can entice governments to leave traditional procurement systems and principles behind. Four traditional procurement principles are reexamined to see whether they are deterrents to e-commerce: (1) low bid wins and that’s a must; (2) separation between the vendor and user is desirable to avoid claims of favoritism; (3) fixed price and fixed term contracts are best for government; and (4) open access is absolutely imperative in all situations. The jury is still out as to whether the new commerce is contingent upon a reformulation of these principles.
MacManus, S.A. (2002), "Understanding the incremental nature of e-procurement implementation at the state and local levels", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 5-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOPP-02-01-2002-B001
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