Title: Tender process and value for money in Tanzania public procurement

Authors: Mordecai C. Matto; Ahmed M. Ame; Paul M. Nsimbila

Addresses: Institute of Accountancy Arusha, P.O. Box 2798, Njiro Hill, Arusha, Tanzania ' University of Dar es Salaam Business School, University of Dar es Salaam, P.O. Box 35046, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ' Department of Procurement and Logistic Management, Mzumbe University, P.O. Box 1, Mzumbe, Morogoro, Tanzania

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to find out the effect of the tender process on value for money in Tanzania public procurement. The study applies a cross-sectional survey design and quantitative approach. The data were collected from 164 entities in Tanzania. The analysis of data was mainly based on descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings show that tender advertising, tender evaluation, tender award, and tender negotiation are significant factors that enhance value for money in public procurement. Conversely, the tendering document was not a significant factor to predict the value for money. Procuring entities in Tanzania need to put more efforts to administer properly tender advertising, tender evaluation, tender award, and tender negotiation to achieve the best value for money. The study has enriched the institutional theory by showing that regulatory and normative pillars need to ensure that the organisations produce the best results.

Keywords: tender process; value for money; public procurement; tender award; tender negotiation; tender evaluation; tender advertising; tender documents.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2021.116218

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2021 Vol.9 No.1, pp.1 - 23

Received: 16 Oct 2020
Accepted: 18 Feb 2021

Published online: 13 Jul 2021 *

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