Title: Mapping public procurement practices in India

Authors: Saroj Koul; Uma Kumar; Vinod Kumar; Rakesh Verma

Addresses: Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, NCR of Delhi 131001, India ' Eric Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada ' Eric Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada ' Department of Decision Sciences and Information Systems, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Vihar Lake, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400087, India

Abstract: Public expenditure and hence a good public procurement (PP) practices are used by most governments to meet specific responsibilities for their citizens. As per World Bank, public procurement is a strategic tool for achieving development, social and environmental objectives of governments, rather than using it as a tool for mere compliance with rules and regulations. In India, the estimated PP expenditure is between 20 and 30% of GDP. The introduction of Public Procurement Bill in the Parliament of India in 2012, with a commitment to rollout e-procurement system across all departments, makes it imperative to understand the complex challenges of using PP to achieve national economic and social objectives. This study explores the prevalent PP activity in India. It attempts to identify and map benchmarking practices vis-à-vis recent international studies available including those conducted by World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Keywords: benchmarking; best practices in procurement; e-procurement; India; international examples; Public Procurement; Public Procurement Bill 2012 (India); technology adoption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2017.084394

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2017 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.99 - 114

Received: 05 Feb 2016
Accepted: 03 Jan 2017

Published online: 06 Jun 2017 *

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