E-PROCUREMENT ADOPTION BARRIERS IN RETROSPECT: A STRUCTURAL EQUATION ANALYSIS OF GHANAIAN HOSPITALS

Patrick Boateng Sarpong, Jianguo Du, Henry Asante Antwi, Thomas Bilaliib Udimal, Abdul-Aziz Ibn Musah, Hira Salah-Ud-Din Khan

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The preponderance of both public and private enterprises with closed systems of management has been determined as a major barrier to E-procurement adoption in developing economies. Yet, the benefits of e-procurement are monumental and multifaceted. The objective of this study is to investigate the barriers of Ghanaian hospitals on e-procurement adoption decision. The current state of E-procurement in hospitals has been studied very little, yet hospitals play an important role in the global supply chain management.          A questionnaire was administered to senior members with significant influence on hospital procurement in ten regional hospitals in Ghana. This was augmented by evidence from officials of the Public Procurement Authority and senior staff of the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service. We constructed and used a more sophisticated structural equation model (SEM) to analyze the relationship between E-procurement barriers and E-procurement adoption and possible mediating and moderating factors between them. The results of the study indicates that among the barriers of e-procurement systems, inadequate IT infrastructure, lack of adequate legal environment and corruption of public officials are the most important barriers in the adoption of e-procurement systems. Overcoming these barriers will help to reduce the negative effects of all other barriers and aid e-procurement adoption.


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