Exploring the use of networking for capacity building of procurement professionals in Ghana (case study: Takoradi)

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The importance of public procurement has received worldwide acknowledgement. Owing to this, a raft of policy interventions has been made in several developing countries, including Ghana to make its processes more efficient, and effective. Some of such interventions aim at building the capacity of the various professionals who manage the various procurement activities through conventional ways such as sponsored training programmes, and workshops. This research however took a different dimension by exploring the use of networking for capacity building of public procurement professionals in Ghana. In order to achieve this aim, specific objectives were set which included the identification of conditions for effective network formation, identification of opportunities in networking for capacity building of procurement professionals in Ghana and identification of potential challenges for using networking for knowledge capacity building of procurement professionals. The study adopted both qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to interrogate the various objectives. The data that was obtained was analysed using both qualitative and quantitative (using descriptive statistics) analysis techniques. In the end, it was revealed that networking can offer public procurement professionals the opportunity to acquire new knowledge from external professionals, know global trends about procurement practice, and obtain new information from other institutions about procurement. Again, it was revealed that most important potential challenges that can be faced are lack of mechanisms to check the accuracy of information that is shared, poor human relations, and reluctance in sharing knowledge with the network. It is recommended that a platform that can support a network of procurement professionals in Ghana should be developed in order to ensure effective interaction among procurement professionals for their capacity building.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management, 2015
Capacity Building, Ghana, Knowledge, Networking, Procurement, Social Networking