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Factors influencing public procurement during disasters: the cases of Chile and New Zealand

Factors influencing public procurement during disasters: the cases of Chile and New Zealand This paper aims to explore public procurement frameworks during disasters in Chile and New Zealand, identifying the factors that affect government procurement performance in disaster response.Design/methodology/approachThis research adopted a case study methodology following a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with government officers from Chile and New Zealand who had practice-relevant knowledge of public procurement and disaster management. Data was complemented by document reviews, including government reports and the records of disaster management organizations.FindingsThis paper finds public procurement to be negatively affected by several factors during disasters, including celerity and flexibility of response; market and supplier restrictions; pressures over procurement teams; centralism of procurement structures; lack of technical knowledge; competition and crossover of agreements; corruption; and price variations.Practical implicationsThis paper includes policy recommendations on how to increase the effectiveness of disaster management and public procurement systems in countries at high risk of earthquakes and other disasters.Social implicationsThis paper can help public procurement officers to provide a better response during disasters, supplying the goods and services required to the affected population in a timely and effective manner.Originality/valueThis paper addresses a gap in research by identifying factors which negatively impact government procurement and response during a disaster. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Public Procurement Emerald Publishing

Factors influencing public procurement during disasters: the cases of Chile and New Zealand

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1535-0118
DOI
10.1108/jopp-01-2021-0002
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Abstract

This paper aims to explore public procurement frameworks during disasters in Chile and New Zealand, identifying the factors that affect government procurement performance in disaster response.Design/methodology/approachThis research adopted a case study methodology following a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with government officers from Chile and New Zealand who had practice-relevant knowledge of public procurement and disaster management. Data was complemented by document reviews, including government reports and the records of disaster management organizations.FindingsThis paper finds public procurement to be negatively affected by several factors during disasters, including celerity and flexibility of response; market and supplier restrictions; pressures over procurement teams; centralism of procurement structures; lack of technical knowledge; competition and crossover of agreements; corruption; and price variations.Practical implicationsThis paper includes policy recommendations on how to increase the effectiveness of disaster management and public procurement systems in countries at high risk of earthquakes and other disasters.Social implicationsThis paper can help public procurement officers to provide a better response during disasters, supplying the goods and services required to the affected population in a timely and effective manner.Originality/valueThis paper addresses a gap in research by identifying factors which negatively impact government procurement and response during a disaster.

Journal

Journal of Public ProcurementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 8, 2021

Keywords: New Zealand; Chile; Government; Disaster; Public procurement; Earthquake

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