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

Cecilia Rossignoli, Francesca Ricciardi, Marco De Marco, Renata Paola Dameri, Clara Benevolo

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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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteContemporary Research on E-Business Technology and Strategy. International Conference, iCETS 2012. Tianjin, China, August 2012. Revised Selected Papers.
Pagine457-470
Numero di pagine14
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012
EventoInternational Conference on E-Business Technology and Strategy, iCETS 2012 - Tianjin
Durata: 29 ago 201231 ago 2012

Convegno

ConvegnoInternational Conference on E-Business Technology and Strategy, iCETS 2012
CittàTianjin
Periodo29/8/1231/8/12

Keywords

  • centralization
  • e-procurement
  • organizational model
  • public spending

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