Volume 12, Number 4, Winter 2012

Outsourced Contracts, Buyer-Supplier Trust, Supplier Opportunistic Behavior and Supplier Performance in Ugandan Public Procuring and Disposing Entities (PDEs) .......................................................................................................... 435
A. Ahimbisibwe, M. Muhwezi and S. Nangoli

SYMPOSIUM

Symposium on Exploring the Frontiers in Public Procurement: Moving Past Tradition, Part II ……................... 471
A. V. Roman, K. V. Thai, and C. McCue

Innovation Procurement as Projects ................................................................................................................... 472
J. Yeow and J. Edler

Lean Thinking within Public Sector Purchasing Department: The Case of the U.K Public Service .................... 505
J. Waterman and C. McCue

Measuring the Efficient Management of Public Works Contracts: A Non-Parametric Approach ........................ 528
C. Guccio, G. Pignataro and I. Rizzo

State-Business Relations and Participation of Firms in Public Procurement in Russia: An Empirical Study ...... 547
O. Demidova and A. Yakovlev

ABSTRACT. The efficiency of execution of public works contracts is usually defined in terms of the capacity to complete works within the costs and the time agreed on in the contract. Therefore, it has been traditionally measured considering either costs overruns or delays. Our purpose is to consider both measures simultaneously, so as to develop a measure of overall efficiency of public works contracts execution. We compute this measure, through a benchmark procedure, using a non-parametric approach (DEA - Data Envelopment Analysis). The analysis is carried out employing a detailed data set of Italian public contracts for roads and highways, in the period 2000-2005.

ABSTRACT. This study sought to examine the extent to which outsourced contracts, buyer-supplier trust and supplier opportunistic behavior explain supplier performance in Ugandan Public Procuring and Disposing Entities (PDEs). This study was prompted by reports of long lead times, failure to match specifications, late deliveries, poor quality of services delivered, contract violations, and increased supplier cheating. Cross sectional data from 116 central government PDEs concerning outsourced contracts was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Hierarchical regression was used to indicate what happens to a model that was developed as part of this research as different predictor variables are introduced. The findings revealed that outsourced contracts, buyer-supplier trust, and supplier opportunistic behavior are significant predictors of supplier performance. The study has both managerial and policy implications which are discussed in this paper.

ABSTRACT. Public procurement is a complex process. This complexity increases considerably when the procured product or service is an innovation, which often addresses new needs, requires different skills, takes on higher risks and thus demands organizational change. In this paper we argue that because of those demands procuring innovation necessitates the use of advanced project management techniques and an intelligent multistepproject design. We underpin this argument by presenting a case study of the procurement of an innovation within the UK National Health Service which had stalled for many years but then was successfully completed by using those project management techniques. We highlight the different processes needed for the procurement of innovation compared to standard, business-as-usual procurement, and we suggest the management of procurement as multi-step, multi arena projects as a strategy for innovation procurement.

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