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Electronic procurement in the South African construction industry

Monday, 17 March 2014  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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The Construction Procurement Research Group at the School of Construction Economics and Management, Wits University would like to invite you to take part in a study on the use of electronic procurement in the South African construction sector.  E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communications to buy services, goods and works or conduct tendering for construction works. We are seeking to ascertain the state of e-procurement application in the construction industry and how clients use e-procurement applications to acquire services and works in the construction procurement process.

Our specific objectives are to:

  1. Identify users of e-procurement and their experiences
  2. Ascertain the systems and applications used for electronic procurement
  3. Examine how e-procurement is used and the processes involved in its use
  4. Identify aspects of the procurement process supported by electronic applications
  5. Analyse how the use of electronic procurement can be successfully diffused and maximised in the South African construction industry to increase economy, efficiency and effectiveness of construction procurement

The key findings will be shared with participants. Participants will be given pertinent information on the study while involved in the project and after the results are available. Participation in the study is voluntary and respondents are free to withdraw at any time. Efforts will be made to keep personal information confidential and data will be stored and disseminated in accordance with requirements of the university.

To participate in the study please click here.

The research team is led by Prof Sam Laryea who can be reached for further information at: or +27 (0) 78 172 6106