U Isikdag, J Underwood, V Ezcan, S Arslan
Barriers to e-procurement in Turkish AEC Industry
Abstract: E-procurement is beginning to offer opportunities for facilitating the traditional procurement processes in the AEC industry. Both supplier and buyer sides in the construction supply chain make use of e-procurement approaches as these facilitate the procurement process by providing opportunities for better communication and coordination and expanding the marketplace for both parties. With e-procurement, the buyer side holds the advantage of reaching more suppliers and products of lower cost, while suppliers have the advantage of reaching more customers in the online markets. In contrast to the globalisation of procurement in main production industries, e-procurement in the AEC industry mainly occurs at the national level (within a country). Furthermore, organisations within the AEC industry seem still to have not benefited from most aspects of e-procurement. This status quo in the industry is mainly due to barriers to e-procurement that arise from both supplier and buyer sides. The study presented in this paper explores the barriers to e-procurement in relation to the Turkish AEC Industry. Following the introduction, the paper provides a background by summarizing the previous research regarding the use of e-procurement in the industry. The following section discusses the key barriers in Turkey that were determined as a result of the web survey and interviews, and later the paper concludes by providing an analysis of the survey results.
Keywords: Barrier, e-Procurement, e-Commerce, Turkey, Survey, ICT, IT
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