This step should target the purchasing of direct materials and other various services that a company buys, such as consulting or auditing. These are often negotiated over weeks and months, arranging for supplies for up to a year ahead for example. In such environments, e-procurement might add little value. But e-procurement can deliver more than just the lowering of prices. Indeed, by delivering better productivity, faster processing, greater visibility and the elimination of unplanned ad hoc buying�can have a much higher Return on Investment than what can be achieved by the simple reduction in price. Again, other benefits emerge through the improved efficiency of companies and the reengineering of how they operate. They can shrink dramatically the number of suppliers with whom they deal, slash administration costs and gain a much clearer picture of their overall buying strategy.
The dissertation will study the benefits of e-Procurement and ultimately, through case studies and survey, identify what benefits can a local set-up absorb keeping in mind Malta�s market limitations and size. In the initial phases of the dissertation, all the salient points and benefits of e-procurement will be evaluated in order to identify how procurement can be improved using e-business. Following the adoption of a new e-procurement system by the local government and also new legislation by the European Union, the dissertation will also describe the bases and connection of these activities. The centre of the dissertation will then focus on one or more case studies of local organisations, such as Malta Shipyards, to observe if such an organisation/s can absorb the benefits that e-procurement offers. To complement the case study, a survey will be conducted with more large organisations in order to understand better, if and how, the local market is using e-procurement.
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