Implementing E-Procurement in Public Healthcare: The Knowledge Management Issue

Implementing E-Procurement in Public Healthcare: The Knowledge Management Issue

Andrea Resca (Luiss “Guido Carli” University, Italy) and Tommaso Federici (University of Tuscia, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-183-6.ch001
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The aim of this work is to analyze, adopting a knowledge management perspective, the steps that have led to the introduction of e-procurement as a new operating practice. The subsequent organisational interventions for redesigning purchasing activities, supply chain and logistic processes are then examined. Finally, main organizational issues at stake for a full deployment of e-procurement were taken into consideration.
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The research question of this work concerns the dissemination of innovation and primarily its adoption. The focus is on the ability of a specific organization to adopt an innovation and on the elements that facilitate or hamper such adoption. In other words, the issue is the impact, at an organizational level, that the introduction of innovation produces, and its possibility to be absorbed and managed.

At the basis of this investigation there is the concept of knowledge, as the element that characterizes an organization, both before the innovation introduction and after it. Therefore, a specific aspect to take into consideration is the meeting of established knowledge and the new one enabled by innovation.

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