Int. J. of Electronic Finance   »   2011 Vol.5, No.2



Title: E-procurement adoption process: an arduous journey for an Australian city council


Author: Md. Mahbubur Rahim, Sharif N. As-Saber


Caulfield School of Information Technology, Monash University, VIC3145, Australia.
School of Management, RMIT University, VIC3000, Australia


Abstract: Unlike the private sector for which the adoption of e-procurement systems has widely been discussed, little is known about the motivations behind government agencies' introduction of e-procurement systems and the challenges they encounter in implementing them. This research addresses this gap through an exploratory case study involving a Melbourne-based city council. The findings indicate the reluctance of the council in fully committing to e-procurement system while being not entirely motivated by financial gains. A major hurdle is the difficulty to integrate e-procurement to the council's financial applications. The study has implications for public sector financial managers and IT practitioners.


Keywords: e-procurement; e-finance; local government; city councils; challenges; motivations; adoption; case study; Australia; electronic procurement; online procurement; electronic finance; government agencies; public sector; financial management.


DOI: 10.1504/IJEF.2011.040458


Int. J. of Electronic Finance, 2011 Vol.5, No.2, pp.150 - 168


Available online: 30 May 2011



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