When the exception becomes the norm : Direct awards to IT vendors by the Swiss public sector

Stürmer, Matthias; Krancher, Oliver; Myrach, Thomas (7 March 2017). When the exception becomes the norm : Direct awards to IT vendors by the Swiss public sector. In: 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) (pp. 43-46). New York, NY, USA: ACM 10.1145/3047273.3047329

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Public sector procurement of IT often happens without public tendering because of vendor lock-in, as our ongoing research suggests. We have analyzed 2754 IT procurement projects during the last 7 years on the official Swiss electronic tendering platform. The results indicate that 47.2% of these projects involved contracts above WTO threshold awarded to external IT suppliers without bidding procedure. This is mainly caused by the lack of alternative IT suppliers being able to support existing IT systems. In this paper we introduce a new method for measuring IT vendor lock-in and we present descriptive results including a time series analysis. We find a higher share of direct awards in IT projects than in non-IT projects.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Engineering

UniBE Contributor:

Stürmer, Matthias; Krancher, Oliver and Myrach, Thomas

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISBN:

978-1-4503-4825-6

Publisher:

ACM

Language:

English

Submitter:

Matthias Stürmer

Date Deposited:

03 Apr 2018 15:15

Last Modified:

27 Oct 2019 06:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1145/3047273.3047329

Additional Information:

Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Public procurement; IT procurement; open tendering; limited tendering; direct awards; no-bid contracts; vendor lock-in; Swiss public sector procurement; open source software

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.114065

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/114065

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