Corruption has hindered the desired efficiency in procurement process. A field questionnaire survey was conducted to collect the quantitative data and the study used a convenience sampling approach as determined by the level of interest shown by the participants to respond to the survey.
Several governments have adopted Information and Communication Technologies ICTs as a tool to enhance transparency and accountability in the procurement process. Public procurement processes go through different stages including project planning, product design and documentation, tender process, contract award, and accounting and auditing and each stage has a risk of corruption.
Additionally, this study demonstrates that there is a high degree of commonality between the case study organisations in terms of their levels of adoption, and the factors that have affected such adoption.
This study identified seven important anti-corruption constructs including: information asymmetry, monopoly power, trust, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, transaction cost, and transparency and accountability and one dependent construct: intent to adopt public e-procurement.
The adoption of e-procurement in the public sector is not as widespread, especially in relation the UK Central and Local Government sectors, and accordingly there has been limited research into the factors affecting the adoption of e-procurement technologies, within this context.
This study demonstrated a high level of intent to adopt e-procurement having a positive and significant effect on reducing corruption in procurement that may help officials in the governments of emerging countries decide to tackle procurement reform.