E-procurement In Public Sector – Research Proposal Example

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The objective of this document is to start your focus on the purpose and structure of your dissertation. At this stage, this is a working document but one which reflects the intent and outlook of a dissertation. It is quite likely and permissible that as you progress with your dissertation, several aspects of content, direction or emphasis of the dissertation will change. It is vitally important that you keep your academic and company supervisor informed of any such changes. Also any such changes may require you to reconsider any or all of the content of this proposal form.
The working title for the dissertation is:
E-procurement in the Public Sector
Where will you be based while working on the dissertation? (please mark with X)
The space between each section indicates the required extent of your thoughts at this stage. Overall your responses should be contained within the next pages.
1) Research Aim: Provide indication as to the overall aim of the dissertation – what, in quite specific terms, are you trying to find out? This forms the overall purpose of the dissertation.
Is e-Procurement more beneficial in the public sector?
2) Research Objectives: State, in more precise detail, what you plan to find out which will help you fulfill the research aim? This will help direct the research and provide structure to the dissertation.
The plan would be to define the services e-Procurement can provide in the public sector. Then different e-Procurement systems used in the public sector will be examined in comparison to systems that do not use e-Procurement. The financial side of e­­-Procurement will be examined. Different public sectors will be examined to see the efficiency of e-Procurement.
3) Research Question(s): Based around your aims, what specific research questions will you ask? This will form the basis of your research in practice; everything you do will be directed toward answering these questions. Remember to use how, why and what in your questions.
1. What is e-Procurement in the public sector?
2. How does e-Procurement make the public sector more efficient monetarily?
3. How does e-Procurement in the public sector save time and resources?
4. How does e-Procurement work as well in all public sectors, or does the field of public sector impact e-Procurement effectiveness?
Literature Review Pt.1: Provide a brief literature review of the main authors and themes relevant to your topic. Indicate any models that you may wish to apply, test or review. This will help identify opportunities for study and direct your literature.
R. Bogaschewsky et al will be examined as an already established research. This book reveals the supply management side of the e-Procurement. This will help me prove that supplies are easier to obtain through E-Procurement. Supply Management Research: Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse 2010 will help provide a plan for my research. This will show how efficient a real e-Procurement system works. G. Eliasson’s Advanced Public Procurement as Industrial Policy: The Aircraft Industry as a Technical University shows how e-Procurement works in the aircraft industry. This book will show the value of the system in the aircraft industry. Z. Kahlid’s Optimizing Back Office Operations: Best Practices to Maximize Profitability gives financial figures that will prove if e-Procurement is efficient or not. All of the books named below are to gain knowledge about the e-Procurement in the public sector. Several e-Procurement companies will also be surveyed on personal business practices. The bibliography given is only a partial list. More books and articles will be found during the research process. All of this research will help me prove the theory that e-Procurement in the public sector is more efficient than the traditional method.
4) Literature Review Pt.2: Identify the main authors and texts that are important to the topic you wish to study. Provide a reference list in the Harvard style (use separate sheet if necessary).
Bogaschewsky, R., M. Eßig, R. Lasch and W. Stölzle. Eds. (2010) Supply Management Research:
Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse 2010. UK: Gabler, Betriebswirt.-Vlg. Print.
Eliasson, G. (2010) Advanced Public Procurement as Industrial Policy: The Aircraft Industry as a
Technical University. USA: Springer. Print.
Hanna, N.K. (2010) Transforming Government and Building the Information Society: Challenges
and Opportunities for the Developing World. USA: Springer. Print.
Kahlid, Z. (2010) Optimizing Back Office Operations: Best Practices to Maximize Profitability.
UK: Wiley. Print.
O’ Mahoney, J. (2010) Management Consultancy. Oxford, USA: Oxford University Press. Print.
Pickett Spencer, K. H. (2010) The Internal Auditing Handbook. UK: John Wiley & Sons. Print.
Sekkat, K. and P. Buigues. (2009) Industrial Policy in Europe, Japan and the USA: Amounts
Mechanisms and Effectiveness. USA: Palgrave/Macmillan. Print.
Sideridis, A. and C.Z. Patrikakis. Eds. (2010) Next Generation Society Technological and Legal
Issues: Third International Conference, e-Democracy 2009, Athens, Greece, September 23-25,
2009, ... and Telecommunications Engineering. UK: Springer. Print.
Smith, J. “Test-driving e-procurement: Offer gives public sector free software for six months.” 19 Aug. 2009. Civsource. 10 May 2010. Online.
Research methods: Outline how you will gather the information you need to answer the research questions. Is this a qualitative study? Or quantitative? Will you interview? Who will you interview? Or will you carry out surveys? Where and how many? How will you measure responses? Or manage a case study? Of which organisation(s)? What literature on research methods will you use to justify your selected methods.
This research will be a mixture of qualitative study and quantitative study. The qualitative study will revolve around interpretation of the books and articles. The quantitative study will be of a questionnaire given to e-Procurement firms. Five of these groups are listed below:
Ketera Technologies - The Proven Spend Solution http://programs.ketera.com/gaProcurementEnterprise.html?gclid=CLH26qCuy6ECFRYBiQodYBXYeg
UKPLC http://www.uk-plc.net/eprocurement/
Global eProcure http://www.globaleprocure.com/Simplifying-Procurement-Technology.aspx?_kk=procurement&_kt=b809d1ac-9076-4937-8907-1037f57a233a&gclid=CI6rjciuy6ECFRFcbQodA2WkmA
Irish Public Procurement Portal http://www.procurement.ie/
Basware http://www.basware.com/News_and_Events/News/Pages/EUPublicSectore-ProcurementInitiativeDeliversFirstPhaseofStandarde-ProcurementPlatformProject.aspx
The questionnaire will be based on financial, successes, and failures within the company being surveyed.
5) Overview of company or sector: Briefly describe the main activities and strategic issues facing the company and / or sector you are setting your research in.
The main activities of e-Procurement in the public sector are the supply and demand of products through the internet. In the new environmental conscious world, the reduction of paper has become the new trend. By bidding on jobs, providing services, and demanding services online, the reduction of paper and manpower can save money. The disadvantages to e-Procurement is fraudulent payments, supply and demand conflicts, and technology breakdowns.
6) Discussion and Analysis: Describe what techniques you anticipate using in analysing the data you have collected and the questions you are investigating.
I plan on extensive studying of actual e-Procurement companies in several different countries. My questionnaire will be sent and collect though the email. Whatever books I do not have on hand, I plan to visit the library to find. My questionnaire will be a Likert Scale, so it can be easily interpreted by me.
7) Anticipated Problems: Indicate areas where you anticipate problems arising – for instance in company access, questionnaire collection, writing-up etc. Indicate possible solutions to these problems and how these might affect your overall research.
I cannot guarantee that every emailed survey will be returned. Thus I will need to send the survey to around 20 e-Procurement companies. Those that do not respond in a timely manner will be replaced by newly found companies on the Internet. Since there are thousands of e-Procurement companies online, this factor can be overcome.
Anticipated Timetable: Provide a rough timetable describing when you plan to complete the stages of the dissertation. Schedule time for: Initial research; literature review first and second drafts; completion of methodology chapter; completion of primary research; analysis; final writing up. Remember your deadline is 26th August! Remember also to work in time to deal with the potential problems identified above!
All of my initial research will be done by the end of May. My literature review first and second drafts can be completed by June 14. The completion of methodology chapter will be done by June 28. The completion of primary research is July 12. The analysis and final writing up will be done by July 20. This will leave me 4 weeks to solve any problems that occur.
8) Company Liaison & Project Management: If you are doing the dissertation as part of an industry placement, state what specific things they have asked you to do in addition to your dissertation research. Also state how frequently you have agreed to visit the company and how you will review progress with your company supervisor throughout the dissertation project.
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