Types of E-Procurement Systems and Technologies Used in the Nigerian Construction Environment
Egidario B. Aduwo1, Eziyi O. Ibem2, Adedamola A. Oluwnmi3, Afolabi O. Adedeji4
1Egidario B. Aduwo*, Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
2Eziyi O. Ibem, Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria.
3Adedamola A. Oluwunmi, Department of Estate Management, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
4Afolabi O. Adedeji, Department of Building Technology, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on March 30, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on April 05, 2020. | Manuscript published on April 30, 2020. | PP: 1443-1452 | Volume-9 Issue-4, April 2020. | Retrieval Number: D7425049420/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.D7425.049420
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Abstract: The use of e-Procurement in the acquisition of construction works and services has witnessed a tremendous growth in the past three decades across the world. However, in a developing country like Nigeria, there is the lack of understanding of the different types of e-Procurement systems and specific technologies used to support the execution of construction procurement tasks. This study, therefore, relied on a questionnaire survey of 759 users of e-Procurement to systematically identify the different types of e-Procurement systems and technologies used in the Nigerian construction environment. The results of data analysis revealed that whereas the common e-Procurement systems used in the study area are those that help in disseminating/receiving information on tender opportunities, exchanging construction project information/data, submitting tenders, awarding contracts, placing orders and making/receiving payment for materials/equipment and services, the use of systems that help in tracking the movement of materials/equipment and monitoring the progress of work on construction sites was not very common. In addition, it was also found that the main e-Procurement technologies used to support the execution of construction procurement activities in the study area were e-Mails, websites and web portals. The study concludes that the over reliance on simple e-Procurement technologies such as e-Mail and websites/portals with limited capacity to engender collaboration, integration and coordination of tasks is inconsistent with the growing sophistication and advancement in construction procurement activities and processes and that this has a tendency to limit the benefits associated with e-Procurement in construction project delivery in Nigeria.
Keywords: Construction project, e-Procurement, Nigeria, Systems and Technologies.