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Willingness to adopt e-procurement to reduce corruption: Results of the PLS Path modeling

Arjun Neupane (School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Jeffrey Soar (School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Kishor Vaidya (School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Jianming Yong (School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)

Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

ISSN: 1750-6166

Article publication date: 14 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on research that evaluates the perceived willingness of potential bidders to adopt public e-procurement for the supply of goods and services to the government of Nepal. The authors have identified anti-corruption attributes through an extensive literature review and developed a theoretical model representing the impact of four latent variables, monopoly of power, information asymmetry, trust and transparency and accountability on the dependent variable, the intent-to-adopt e-procurement (ITA).

Design/methodology/approach

Data for this research were obtained by the use of a questionnaire survey of bidders who were officially registered with the Government of Nepal. As part of the fieldwork for this research, the first author collected the perceptions of 220 bidders regarding the potential of public e-procurement to reduce corruption in public procurement processes.

Findings

The findings suggest that a high level of the ITA has a positive and significant relationship with the independent variables that might inform the developed and emerging countries to make a decision to adoption of e-procurement to combat corruption in public procurement.

Research limitations/implications

This study has some limitations that should be taken into consideration. The evaluation of anti-corruption factors, as they affect the willingness of users to adopt e-procurement on the bidder’s perception research model is relatively new to e-procurement research. A limitation of the research was that it gathered and analyzed data from a single country with a limited number of respondents. More research is needed to identify the anti-corruption factors of e-procurement in reducing corruption, and also need strong empirical test to valid the factors that influence the adoption of e-procurement.

Originality/value

This study aimed to contribute to the academic scholar, government agencies and public procurement practitioner in enhancing their understanding of the perceived anti-corruption factors of public e-procurement to reduce corruption.

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Citation

Neupane, A., Soar, J., Vaidya, K. and Yong, J. (2014), "Willingness to adopt e-procurement to reduce corruption: Results of the PLS Path modeling", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 500-520. https://doi.org/10.1108/TG-03-2014-0007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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