Title: E-procurement of telecom services for the public sector

Authors: Helena Lindskog

Addresses: School of Management, Linkoping University, Linkoping 582 22, Sweden

Abstract: E-procurement has hitherto mostly been used as a tool to make the procurement process more efficient. However, it could also be used in more explorative ways than just for digitalisation of the existing procurement process. E-procurement has a big potential when used in more innovative ways. This paper explores the conditions and possibilities in order to apply the tool of e-procurement of telecom services for the public sector. Almost every economic activity and many a social contact include the use of telecommunications. The public sector is especially depending on well functioning telecom, as telecom is a base for many services provided by the authorities. To use electronic tools for procurement of telecom could be of great help. To do so, it is of great value to have a structured, modular and scalable model with standardised interfaces and defined functions on individual and organisational levels.

Keywords: e-procurement; public procurement; telecommunications; e-government; procurement models; electronic government; public sector; telecom services.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2008.016442

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2008 Vol.2 No.1, pp.17 - 28

Available online: 28 Dec 2007 *

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