The potential of e-procurement technology for reducing corruption

Neupane, Arjun and Soar, Jeffrey and Vaidya, Kishor (2012) The potential of e-procurement technology for reducing corruption. International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 11 (4). pp. 273-287. ISSN 1461-4111


This paper discusses a theoretical background for an anti-corruption strategy through the principal-agent theory, and explores the potential of public e-procurement for reducing corruption in public procurement. It explores risk factors of corruption in relation to the roles of government, agent, and briber. The Anti-corruption potential of public e-procurement includes the reduction in monopoly of power, information asymmetry, corruption fees, and corruption services. In the paper we also discuss case study examples from Denmark, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, and the Government of Andhra Pradesh in India. These indicate the potential of e-procurement for greater transparency and efficiency. The discussions suggest that the anti-corruption capabilities of public e-procurement have many benefits, particularly, in terms of enhancing accountability, effectiveness and transparency in government procurement, to combat corruption.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 02:28
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 04:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-procurement; electronic procurement; online procurement; transparency; accountability; corruption; efficiency; anti-corruption strategy; principal agent theory; public procurement; Denmark; Singapore; Korea; India; government procurement.
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences > 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2012.049997

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