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Which shape fits best? Designing the organizational form of local government procurement

Patrucco, Andrea Stefano, Walker, Helen ORCID:, Luzzini, Davide and Ronchi, Stefano 2019. Which shape fits best? Designing the organizational form of local government procurement. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management 25 (3) , 100504. 10.1016/j.pursup.2018.06.003

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The way that public procurement activities are organized has an impact on the performance of public institutions. By reviewing the literature on public procurement organization dimensions this study offers a conceptual framework for public procurement organizational design, distinguishing between the macro, micro and process level dimensions. The framework is tested across the procurement departments of 15 local governments in Wales and Italy. We identify six alternative organizational configurations, differing in their level of centralization and their procurement status within the institution. Their suitability and potential for redesign depend on several internal and external contextual factors (goals, government decision, regulation, geographical environment) in line with the contingency view of organizational design.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1478-4092
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 March 2020
Date of Acceptance: 15 June 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 22:52

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