Limits of Public Procurement: Information Systems Acquisition

  • Carl Erik Moe
  • Anne Cathrine Risvand
  • Maung K. Sein
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4084)


In this paper, we identify the tensions that exist inherently in the public procurement process as it applies to the acquisitions of larger information systems. The tensions are a result of government organizations trying to acquire the best information system possible while at the same time having to adhere to public procurement regulations. Based on case analysis of two information system acquisitions in a Norwegian municipality, we uncover three tensions inherent to the procurement process. Our findings reveal that municipalities employ a variety of strategies to deal with these tensions. However, in doing so, new tensions are created. The findings have implications for development of e-Government as these tensions needs to be taken into account when procuring new systems.


Public Organization Public Procurement Procurement Regulation Procurement Process Framework Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Erik Moe
    • 1
  • Anne Cathrine Risvand
    • 2
  • Maung K. Sein
    • 1
  1. 1.Agder University CollegeKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.Agresso ASNydalen, OsloNorway

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