E-Procurement In The Construction Industry Of UK
Analysing the Potential Benefits and Challenges of Adopting E-Procurement in the Construction Industry of UK
Procurement is an important function the supply chain management process of the construction industry. With the unprecedented growth in the field of information technology, construction companies started adopting experimental ways to reduce the burden of construction waste and inventory surplus. The most suitable way to achieve the above mentioned target for them is undeniably e-Procurement. However, the construction companies of UK are facing major obstacles in adopting e-Procurement in their supply chain process in the form of lack of knowledge about e-Procurement amongst the construction workers. The present study will try to highlight the potential benefits and challenges of adopting e-Procurement in the construction business.
The primary research questions are:
- What is the importance of e-Procurement in the supply chain process of construction companies?
- How do construction companies get benefitted from the implementation of e-Procurement?
- What are the major obstacles faced by UK construction companies in the adoption of in e-Procurement?
- How can the UK construction companies overcome the obstacles in the e-Procurement implementation process?
Research philosophy highlights the psychological standpoint of a researcher. Here in this research, the researcher will take into considerations three major research philosophies – positivism, realism and interpretivism. Positivism philosophy deals with facts that can also be termed as sensory experiences (Crowther and Lancaster, 2012). The philosophy allows a researcher to interpret facts by using different rational or mathematical tools. Positivism prefers to consider research data as empirical evidences and finds its own root in empiricism (Harrison and Reilly, 2011). On the other hand, realism has its faith on the existence of a visible world irrespective of what others have to say about it. Realism stands in direct contrast against solipsism and it believes in the independent self of the research population. Interpretivism eyes at interpreting the social activities of people and strongly rejects empiricism.
For the present study, the researcher will select positivism philosophy as empirical evidences will be collected during the process of the research. At the same time, the researcher will show full support in favour of the validity of previous theories and models related to the research topic.
Research approach indicates the procedure by following which a research work is usually conducted. There are two kinds of research approach available – inductive and deductive. Inductive approach, alternatively called as “bottom-up” procedure, allows a researcher to start the research work from an observation (Cooper and Schindler, 2010). Inductive approach is ideal for an exploratory study where a researcher at the end of the research forms grounded theories. On the contrary, deductive approach follows a “top-down” process in which a researcher utilises the foundation of previous theories and researches (Ellis and Levy, 2009). By following the deductive approach, a researcher can validate the theoretical backbone of the research topic with the help of the empirical evidences.
Here in this research, the researcher has the support of previous theories and models of supply chain management and e-Procurement. At the same time, the primary purpose of the research lies in the establishment of different variables