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eProcurement: A Study of the Concept from the Point the Point of View of the Users and System Suppliers
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The market for eProcurement is expected to increase from from US$ 3,6 miljarder to US$ 1.375 billions under the period 1999-2003. Nevertheless, there is still a widespread unsecurity among companies surrounding eProcurement, partly due to that procurement for a long time has played a remote role in the companies, and partly since procurement is a far from a homogeneous function.

Purpose: To examine how eProcurement is defined, what advantages eProcurement implies and how it affects the procurement strategies and the procurement processes of companies.

Research method: The empiric work comes from interviews with persons in connection with procurement at four companies that today are using an eProcurement-system or are about to introduce one, and at two companies that delivers applications.

Result: From the persons we have interviewed we conclude that there is a rather strong unanimity as how eProcurement is being defined, and which advantages it can imply. Furthermore, eProcurement should not be seen as a solution of a company's eventuall procurement problems, but as a tool to strengthen and refine its procurement strategies and a possibility for rationalizing the procurement processes of the company. In other words, you shall not just pave old paths.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2002. , 72 p.
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats från Internationella ekonomprogrammet), 2002:19
Keyword [en]
Business and economics, eProcurement, procurement, procurement strategy, procurement process, electronic commerce
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1035OAI: diva2:17095
Available from: 2002-01-25 Created: 2002-01-25

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