A cross-discipline comparison of rankings for e-procurement drivers and barriers within UK construction organisations

Robert Eadie, Srinath Perera, SG Heaney

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A defined set of drivers and barriers to construction e-procurement has been identified by Eadie et al (2010). These were ranked from a Quantity Surveyor’s perspective. In a similar study, Eadie et al (2007) ranked drivers and barriers to e-procurement from a construction contractor’s perspective for the Northern Ireland public sector. The current study provides a cross discipline comparison of drivers and barriers to construction e-procurement encompassing the views of quantity surveyors, public sector clients, architects and engineers establishing the level of uptake by different disciplines. A telephone survey of 775 organisations mapped the current practice of e-procurement in construction within the United Kingdom. This telephone survey was followed by a web-based questionnaire survey. The web-based survey gauged the ranking of drivers and barriers to e-procurement of organisations that have implemented e-procurement for construction related activities. The web-based survey produced a ranking for each driver and barrier across the construction industry. The overall ranking for all types of construction organisations (across disciplines) identified “Prevention of Tampering with Documents - changes to documents”, followed by “Confidentiality of Information - unauthorised viewing” as the most important barriers for UK construction organisations. The two most important drivers identified are “Process, Transaction and Administration Cost Savings” and “Convenience of archiving completed work”. The complete set of rankings will provide an insight in to the effect of different drivers and barriers to construction e-procurement while identifying their relative importance in e-procurement related strategic investment decision making.
LanguageEnglish
Pages217-233
JournalJournal of Information Technology in Construction
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2010

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Electronic Contracts: A New Legal Framework for Electronic Contracts: The EU Electronic Commerce Proposal, Computer Law & Security Report, Vol. 15, No.3, 1999. Kalakota, R. Tapscott D. and Robinson M. (2001). E Business 2.0: Roadmap for success, 2nd Edition, Addison- Wesley Publishing Company, New Jersey USA. Martin J. (2008). E-Tendering about time too, RICS paper (Available online http://www.rics.org/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?downloadID=254&fileID=264 [accessed February 2010]. Martin J. (2003). E-Procurement and extranets in the UK Construction industry, Conference paper given at FIG Working Week, April 13th-17th 2003, Paris, France. (Available online http://www.fig.net/figtree/pub/fig_2003/TS_6/TS6_4_Martin.pdf [accessed February 2010]. McIntosh G. and Sloan B. (2001). The potential impact of electronic procurement and global sourcing within the UK construction industry, Proceedings of Arcom 17th Annual Conference 2001, (Akintoye A. 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Web-Centric Framework For Secure And Legally Binding Electronic Transactions in Large-scale A/E/C Projects, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, October 2001. Gebauer J., Beam C. and Segev A. (1998). Impact of the Internet on Purchasing Practices, Acquisitions Review Quarterly, Vol 5, No.2, 167-184. Gray P. (2006). The Management, Retention and Disposal of Administrative Records, Scottish Executive Health Department, Directorate of Primary Care and Community care available on-line at http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/mels/HDL2006_28.pdf [accessed February 2010]. Hawking P., Stein A., Wyld D. and Forster S. (2004). E-Procurement: Is the Ugly Duckling Actually a Swan Down Under?, Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004, 1-26. Hawser A. (2008). Who should be liable for on-line fraud?, Fighting Fraud, Available on-line at http://fightingfraud.blogspot.com/2008/10/who-should-be-liable-for-online-fraud.html [accessed February 2010]. Information Society Commission (ISC) (2003). Modernising Public Procurement, available on-line at http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Publications/InformationSociety/LinkToDocument,6609,en.PDF [accessed February 2010] Islington Council (2008). Paper-free working improves service delivery for Islington Council, available on-line at http://www.publictechnology.net/modules.phpop=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=18250 [accessed February 2010]. Local Government UK (2007). Local Government Web Directory, available on-line at http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=directory.alpha [accessed February 2010] Jones A.S. (1994a). The future of electronic publishing, Journal of modern communications, Vol. 3, No. 5, 213- 232. Jones N. (2009). Much will be lost if data security is not addressed, available on-line at http://www.publicservice.co.uk/feature_story.asp?id=11491 [ accessed February 2010] Julia-Barcelo R. (1999). Electronic Contracts: A New Legal Framework for Electronic Contracts: The EU Electronic Commerce Proposal, Computer Law & Security Report, Vol. 15, No.3, 1999. Kalakota, R. Tapscott D. and Robinson M. (2001). E Business 2.0: Roadmap for success, 2nd Edition, Addison- Wesley Publishing Company, New Jersey USA. Martin J. (2008). E-Tendering about time too, RICS paper (Available online http://www.rics.org/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?downloadID=254&fileID=264 [accessed February 2010]. Martin J. (2003). E-Procurement and extranets in the UK Construction industry, Conference paper given at FIG Working Week, April 13th-17th 2003, Paris, France. (Available online http://www.fig.net/figtree/pub/fig_2003/TS_6/TS6_4_Martin.pdf [accessed February 2010]. McIntosh G. and Sloan B. (2001). The potential impact of electronic procurement and global sourcing within the UK construction industry, Proceedings of Arcom 17th Annual Conference 2001, (Akintoye A. 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International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 90 (2004) downloaded from Science Direct 3/03/05, 79-102. Paulk M., Curtis B., Chrissis M. and Weber C. (1993). Capability Maturity Model for Software, Version 1.1, Technical Report CMU/SEI-93-TR-024, Software Engineering Institute/ Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Pena-Mora F. and Choudary K. (2001). Web-centric framework for secure and legally binding electronic transactions in large-scale A/E/C Projects, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, October 2001, Vol. 15, No. 4, 248-258. Reilly D. (1999). Secure Electronic Transactions: An Overview available on-line at http://www.davidreilly.com/topics/electronic_commerce/essays/secure_electronic_transactions.html [assessed February 2010]. Ribeiro F.L. and Henriques P.G. (2001). How knowledge can improve e business in construction, Proceedings of 2nd International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Blackwell Publishing. Richardson T. (2006). Northern Ireland boasts blanket broadband coverage, The Register available on-line at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/16/broadband_ni/ [accessed February 2010]. Rubin A. and Babbie E. (2004). “Research Methods of Social Work”, Thomson Wadsworth, UK, Solomon D. (2001). Conducting Web-based Surveys, Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation: A peer-reviewed electronic journal, ISSN 1531-7714, available online at http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=7&n=19 [Accessed February 2010]. Silverman J. (1992). Public Sector Decentralization, World Bank Technical Paper 188, World Bank USA. Smith A.S. and Jones A.B. (1994). Publish electronically, Proceedings of 4th international conference of office systems (Jones A.B., editor), University of New Brunswick, 213-232. Spalde C., Sullivan F., de Lusignan S. and Madeley J. (2006). e-Prescribing, Efficiency, Quality: Lessons from the Computerization of UK Family Practice, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 13, No. 5, 470–475. Tindsley G. and Stephenson P. (2008). E-Tendering Process Within Construction: A UK Perspective, Tsinghua Science & Technology, Vol 13, Supplement 1, October 2008, 273-278. Yell Limited (2007). Yellow pages Northern Ireland, A Yellow Pages Publication, Yellow Pages, UK. Wang M. (2007). Do the regulations on electronic signatures facilitate international electronic commerce? A critical review Computer Law & Security Report Vol 23, Issue 1, 2007, 32-41. Williams, R. (2007). Briefing: The Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers Management Procurement and Law, May 2007 MP2, 45-49, available on-line at http://www.atypon-link.com/doi/pdf/10.1680/mpal.2007.160.2.45?cookieSet=1[Accessed December 2008]. Wong C.H. and Sloan B. (2004). Use of ICT for E-Procurement in the UK Construction Industry: A Survey of SMES Readiness, Proceedings of ARCOM Twentieth Annual Conference 2004, September 1-3, Heriot Watt University, (Khosrowshami F, Editor), Vol. 1, Arcom, University of Reading, Reading, 620 – 628. Wright B. (1999). Electronic signatures: Making electronic signatures a reality, Computer Law and Security Report, Swetswise.

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