In this work, we sought to better understand the possible role of e-procurement in the evolving strategies of centralization (and decentraliza- tion) of public purchase centres. We conducted an explorative research study in the Italian context, where both centralization and decentralization of e-procurement have been experimented. The analysis of the Italian case highlighted an aspect that has been overlooked in literature so far: the strong and sudden centralization of purchasing caused by e-procurement adoption may present problems, especially in complex contexts with a past tradition of wide-spread de-centralized purchasing powers. The Italian case suggests that a possible solution may be the adoption of a hybrid model, where a centralized structure coordinates a net-work made of regional semi-centralized e-procurement centres, which, in turn, mediate with local contexts and involve or control the smallest agencies. The main features, strengths and weaknesses of this emerging organizational model for e-procurement agencies are discussed.

Dameri, R. P., Benevolo, C., Rossignoli, C., Ricciardi, F., De Marco, M., Centralization vs. Decentralization of Purchasing in the Public Sector: the Role of e-Procurement in the Italian Case, Paper, in Contemporary Research on E-Business Technology and Strategy. International Conference, iCETS 2012. Tianjin, China, August 2012. Revised Selected Papers., (Tianjin, 29-31 August 2012), Springer, Heidelberg 2012: 457-470. 10.1007/978-3-642-34447-3_41 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/47831]

Centralization vs. Decentralization of Purchasing in the Public Sector: the Role of e-Procurement in the Italian Case

Rossignoli, Cecilia;Ricciardi, Francesca;De Marco, Marco
2012

Abstract

In this work, we sought to better understand the possible role of e-procurement in the evolving strategies of centralization (and decentraliza- tion) of public purchase centres. We conducted an explorative research study in the Italian context, where both centralization and decentralization of e-procurement have been experimented. The analysis of the Italian case highlighted an aspect that has been overlooked in literature so far: the strong and sudden centralization of purchasing caused by e-procurement adoption may present problems, especially in complex contexts with a past tradition of wide-spread de-centralized purchasing powers. The Italian case suggests that a possible solution may be the adoption of a hybrid model, where a centralized structure coordinates a net-work made of regional semi-centralized e-procurement centres, which, in turn, mediate with local contexts and involve or control the smallest agencies. The main features, strengths and weaknesses of this emerging organizational model for e-procurement agencies are discussed.
2012
Inglese
Contemporary Research on E-Business Technology and Strategy. International Conference, iCETS 2012. Tianjin, China, August 2012. Revised Selected Papers.
International Conference on E-Business Technology and Strategy, iCETS 2012
Tianjin
Paper
29-ago-2012
31-ago-2012
978-364234446-6
Dameri, R. P., Benevolo, C., Rossignoli, C., Ricciardi, F., De Marco, M., Centralization vs. Decentralization of Purchasing in the Public Sector: the Role of e-Procurement in the Italian Case, Paper, in Contemporary Research on E-Business Technology and Strategy. International Conference, iCETS 2012. Tianjin, China, August 2012. Revised Selected Papers., (Tianjin, 29-31 August 2012), Springer, Heidelberg 2012: 457-470. 10.1007/978-3-642-34447-3_41 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/47831]
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