E-Procurement, from Project to Practice: Empirical Evidence from the French Public Sector

  • Godefroy Beauvallet
  • Younès Boughzala
  • Saïd Assar


Public procurement constitutes a significant portion of national PIB in all countries and electronic platforms for supporting public transactions are an important application of e-government. In France, new regulations since 2005 are pushing public and private actors to adopt electronic means for handling all steps of the purchase process in public organisations. Based on quantitative and qualitative surveys made between 2005 and 2008, this chapter presents the general topic of e-procurement and specifically discusses the problem of e-procurement adoption in public institutions in France. The conclusions of these investigations spanning a three years period, are that public e-procurement is constantly progressing, although difficulties related to insufficient technical skills and the complexity of the juridical context hinder seriously its full adoption. They also show that a digital and an organisational divide is appearing between big administrations which have the adequate resources and skills to fully adopt e-procurement, and small administration (i.e. local authorities) which are still reluctant or unable to conduct a purchase in a digital manner.


Public Administration Public Actor Public Procurement Initial Survey Procurement Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Godefroy Beauvallet
  • Younès Boughzala
  • Saïd Assar
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Télécom, Telecom Business SchoolEvryFrance

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