Public procurement reform in the EU: start of a new era?
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionThe IMP Journal. 2017, 11 (3), 431-451. /10.1108/IMP-09-2015-0056
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to study the reform of public purchasing directives initiated by the European Union (EU) and discuss them in light of the criticism against existing public purchasing directives. Design/methodology/approach A literature review of empirical articles is critical to existing public purchasing directives to summarize the main directions and categories of their criticism, and a thorough reading of the proposed reform of the public purchasing directives is carried out to see if the changes will answer some or all of the criticism directed toward the public purchasing directives. Findings The reforms seem to be a step in the right direction, particularly with respect to public organizations possibility to support innovation and new product and service development, but little change in the possibilities for development of strategic, long-term relationships. Research limitations/implications The reform has just been introduced, and so the analysis of the possible effects of the reform is not based on empirical data (since such data do not exist yet), but mostly on the authors experience in the field and through a comparison with selected literature. Originality/value An early assessment of the possible effects of the reform regarding public procurement directives in the EU area is introduced.