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Aduwo , Egidairo Bridgette and Ibem, Eziyi O. and Uwakonye, O. and Tunji-Olayeni, P .F and Ayo-Vaughan, Kunle (2016) BARRIERS TO THE UPTAKE OF E-PROCUREMENT IN THE NIGERIAN BUILDING INDUSTRY. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, 89 (1). pp. 133-147. ISSN 992-8645

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Although the uptake of e-Procurement technologies and processes by businesses and organizations has been very impressive in the developed countries, the same cannot be said in many developing countries where the uptake of e-Procurement is rather slow and low. This study investigated the barriers to the uptake of e-Procurement using data derived from a questionnaire survey of 213 consulting firms, contractors, client organizations and government establishments in the Nigerian building industry (NBI). The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, factor and multiple regression analyses. The result shows that the two factors with the most significant adverse effect on the uptake of e-Procurement were the high investment cost, and lack of technical expertise required in setting up e-procurement technologies and processes. Difference between how the researchers and practitioners understood the barriers to the uptake of e-Procurement was observed. Technical, infrastructure, political, social, and cultural issues; the lack of evidence of the benefits of e-Procurement in the building industry; and lack of top management support were the three strongest predictors of low uptake of e-Procurement by the organizations surveyed. The study suggests that to ensure a critical mass uptake of e-Procurement and maximization of its benefits in the procurement of building works, services and materials in Nigeria, there is a need for concerted effort by all stakeholders in the industry to eliminate the barriers identified in this research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-Procurement, Barriers, Building Industry, Questionnaire Survey, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr. Eziyi O. Ibem
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 11:08
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 11:08

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