eProcurement: A Study of the Concept from the Point the Point of View of the Users and System Suppliers
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesis
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
Business and economics, eProcurement, procurement, procurement strategy, procurement process, electronic commerce
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-1035DiVA: diva2:17095