Exploring anti-corruption capabilities of e-procurement in construction project delivery in Nigeria

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Aduwo, E.A
Ibem, E.O
Afolabi, A.O
Oluwunmi, A.O
Tunji-Olayeni, P.F
Ayo-Vaughan, E.A
Uwakonye, U.O
Oni, A.A
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Construction Economics and Building
The use of electronic (e-) procurement to support the execution of supply chain management activities in the different industrial sectors is permeating all regions of the world. However, in countries in sub-Saharan Africa where there is a significant level of corruption and unethical practices in the procurement process, there is a need for a better understanding of how e-Procurement can help to check the incidence of corrupt and unethical practices in construction project delivery. This study relied on a cross-sectional survey of 759 respondents, including architects, builders, engineers, estate/facilities managers, contractors, construction/ project managers, quantity surveyors, supply chain managers and others to identify and analyse the anti-corruption capabilities of e-Procurement in construction project delivery in Nigeria. The results of the descriptive statistics, relative importance index and principal components analysis identified 18 anti-corruption capabilities in e-Procurement in construction project delivery with the three most important ones being the capability of e-Procurement to ensure good inventory management/record keeping; accountability by providing audit services trail and minimise direct human contacts during bidding. The key underlying dimensions of these capabilities include the advantage of e-Procurement over the traditional paper-based method; transparent bidding process and increase in competition in construction project delivery process. The findings of this study have implications, especially, on the use of e-Procurement to curb corruption in construction procurement activities.
Anti-corruption capabilities, Procurement, Construction project delivery, e-Procurement, Nigeria.
Aduwo, E. A., Ibem, E. O., Afolabi, A. O., Oluwunmi, A. O., Tunji-Olayeni, P. F., Ayo-Vaughan, E. A., Uwakonye, U. O. and Oni, A. A. (2020). Exploring anti-corruption capabilities of e-procurement in construction project delivery in Nigeria. Construction Economics and Building, 20(1), 56-76.