Title: Simplifying the procurement process by using e-commerce

Authors: Mateja Podlogar

Addresses: Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, e-Center, Kidriceva cesta 55a, Kranj 4000, Slovenia

Abstract: This paper addresses a group of business data processing e-commerce simplifying factors that increase the e-commerce procurement process. The aim of this research is to build a model comprising 15 factors that simplify and increase the procurement process by using e-commerce. Survey data from the 133 large enterprises in Slovenia are analysed. On the basis of these research results, the model of e-commerce factors in the procurement process |business data processing simplicity| has been developed. In this paper, we find that enterprises, which endeavour to have success in performing procurement processes electronically, should simplify the following subprocesses: bidding, access to suppliers| goods or catalogues, ordering from the supplier, order tracking and possible suppliers| requisition request. Respondents from the companies that had been surveyed look for excellent possibilities in simplifying these processes by using e-commerce. Statistical modelling allows for the explanation of interdependencies and codependencies of functional factors in the procurement chain.

Keywords: reengineering; simplification; e-commerce; e-procurement; research models; supply chain management; procurement chains; data processing; information technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIEM.2006.010242

International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, 2006 Vol.4 No.2, pp.180 - 198

Published online: 11 Jul 2006 *

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