Exploring the reasons why adversarial procurement has Failed to deliver in public procurement

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Adversarial (bidding and tendering) or traditional sourcing procedures are often used in the procurement of public infrastructure and the delivery on budgets remains a challenge. Developing nations are now including a variety of alternative sourcing methods that are based on collaborative principles in enhancing their supply chains. This methods are non adversarial in nature and are characterized by a medium to long term relationships with suppliers and constructors. The aim of this research is exploring the reasons why adversarial procurement failed to deliver in public procurement. Its objectives being: To identify the adversarial procurement methods adopted by the officials, to identify the challenges of adversarial procurement in the public sector and to identify other procurement methods to achieve successful procurement procedures in the public procurement. The data collection tools included questionnaires and interviews whiles the target population included procuring officials and certain stakeholders involved. Statistical package for the social sciences (version 25) was used in the analysis, taking into consideration the mean score ranking to analyse the data obtained from various respondents. The findings revealed competitive tendering, two-stage tendering, restricted tendering, single or sole source procurement and request for quotation were all adversarial procurement methods mostly adopted. Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were made in order to enhance the choice of procurement methods adopted by the public procurement. The procurement officers must undergo regular training to refresh their skills on non-adversarial procurement methods, Automation to prevent political and management interference in the procurement process. There must be accountability and transparency in the procurement process in preventing corruption.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award Degree of. Master of Science Procurement Management.
Exploring,, Adversarial, Procurement, Public, Non - adversarial