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Updating a public procurement maturity model: the case of the MSU+ model

Johannsen, S. (2013) Updating a public procurement maturity model: the case of the MSU+ model.

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Abstract:Public procurement maturity in the Netherlands is commonly measured with the MSU+ model, but public organizations tend to score low in this model. Critics mention the low visibility of possible improvements in the assessment, reflected in the manner of presentation of assessment results. As MSU+ was agreed on as a measuring tool for Dutch Government organizations, it is desired to improve the model. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to identify the exact problems and possible solutions to increase the relevance and applicability of MSU+ for the Dutch public sector. A design science approach was enacted for this explorative research. The research model, based on Hevner (2004), guided the execution of a relevance, rigor and design cycle to derive at perceived problems and respective design propositions. Findings reveal that experts do not perceive the need to change the structure of the MSU+ model. Recommendations are formulated for the presentation of assessment results and for clarifying certain parts of strategic and enabling processes. Moreover, new public sector developments as sustainability, social return, best value procurement and the new Dutch procurement law should not be included more specifically in the model in order to ensure applicability across the whole public sector. This research adds to existing literature by setting direction on what to do with new public sector developments and concepts when updating procurement maturity models. In addition, public procurement maturity measurement is still in its infancy with not many applied models around the world yet, leaving the possibility of MSU+ being applied in other countries.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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