Early Supplier Involvement in Public IT Procurement

Jeroen Arentsen, Frederik G.S. Vos*, Robert Suurmond, Vincent Delke

*Corresponding author for this work

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Based on survey responses of 155 procurement professionals, we found that key factors influencing the level of supplier involvement include technological uncertainty, transaction cost efforts and the perception of relative advantages. Also, solutions of user services and open source software were strongly related to a higher level of involvement. Finally, especially early supplier involvement in an advisory role was perceived as increasing the effectiveness of the tender, increasing the future involvement of suppliers, and having no (negative) influence on the perceived efficiency of a tender (=does not need more effort). As a contribution, this paper broadens the perspective from early supplier involvement in private procurement to early supplier involvement in public procurement. Additionally, we add Resource Dependence Theory and Transaction Costs Economics as new theoretical perspectives to early supplier involvement in public procurement.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2022
EventIPSERA 2022: Building Bridges - Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden
Duration: 10 Apr 202213 Apr 2022
Conference number: 31


ConferenceIPSERA 2022
Abbreviated titleIPSERA
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  • Early supplier involvement
  • Public procurement
  • resource dependeny theory
  • transaction cost economics


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