E-procurement system adoption in local governments: the role of procurement complexity and organizational structure

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Abstract

The article examines how local governments’ procurement complexity and structure interact to influence e-procurement adoption. Drawing on the survey data of over 400 cities, we find that a centralized structure enhances the likelihood that local governments adopt an e-procurement system to cope with the increasing procurement complexity; while governments with a coordinated structure are less likely to adopt e-procurement as they can rely on the intra-organizational collaboration and information-sharing embedded in the structure to accommodate complex procurements. The findings shed insights on how local governments with different structures can best deal with complex managerial activities and facilitate e-procurement adoption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic Management Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • E-procurement adoption
  • centralization
  • local government
  • organizational structure
  • public procurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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