Anti-Corruption Capabilities of Public E-Procurement Technologies: Principal-Agent Theory

Arjun Neupane, Jeffrey Soar, Kishor Vaidya

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    Public procurement is an important area warranting further attention in government reform, as electronic systems for procurement have enormous potential to help reduce corruption. Public e-Procurement is the use of an Internet or Web-based system by government institutions for the acquisition of goods and services, which can improve transparency and accountability. This chapter discusses different types of e-Procurement technologies with case examples from different countries that demonstrate how the e- Procurement technologies have great potential as the anti-corruption technologies. The chapter reviews the Principal-Agent Theory and discusses other relevant theories including Transaction Cost Theory, Fraud Triangle Theory, Diffusion of Innovation Theory, and the Technology Acceptance Model. Following a discussion of the potential of e-Procurement systems in mitigating corruption, a theoretical research model is proposed for identifying public e-Procurement anti-corruption capabilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBusiness Law and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
    Place of PublicationUnited States
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466681965
    ISBN (Print)1466681950, 9781466681958
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2015


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