Which shape fits best? Designing the organizational form of local government procurement

Andrea Stefano Patrucco, Helen Walker, Davide Luzzini, Stefano Ronchi

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The way that public procurement activities are organized has an impact on the performance of public institutions. By reviewing the literature on public procurement organization dimensions this study offers a conceptual framework for public procurement organizational design, distinguishing between the macro, micro and process level dimensions. The framework is tested across the procurement departments of 15 local governments in Wales and Italy. We identify six alternative organizational configurations, differing in their level of centralization and their procurement status within the institution. Their suitability and potential for redesign depend on several internal and external contextual factors (goals, government decision, regulation, geographical environment) in line with the contingency view of organizational design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100504
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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