Reframing Public Procurement Challenges in Ghanaian Hospitals through Systems Thinking

Authors(5) :-Patrick Boateng Sarpong, Du Janguo, Henry Asante Antwi, Kofi Baah Boamah, Adeleke Banguo Oladepo

The past two decades has witnessed the growing appreciation of relationships between precise public sector objectives and public procurement practice. In Ghana, the Public Procurement Act of 2003 (PPA) (Act 663) is a comprehensive legislation designed to eliminate the shortcomings and organizational weaknesses which were inherent in public procurement process in Ghana. Despite the influence of the PPA on transparent public procurement process, the nearly two and half decades of implementation have revealed emerging symptoms of genetic lags that were not addressed at the onset of the new procurement reform, hence decrease adherence. The study sampled data from 150 selected officers in 15 public health institutions in Ghana over a three month period. A feed forward artificial neural network was developed. Our final model contained five input layers, 12 hidden layers and 5 output layers. Each network-input-to-unit and unit-to-unit connection is modified by a weight. We observed that, the PPA is weak on the five configurations (design a dynamic and negotiable bidding process, user-friendly procurement policy language, reduction in bureaucracy, shift from technological to relationship competencies, and changes to their strategic model). The study provides evidence of the importance of systems thinking in formulating public policy formulation such as public procurement.

Authors and Affiliations

Patrick Boateng Sarpong
School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, P.R. China
Du Janguo
School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, P.R. China
Henry Asante Antwi
School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, P.R. China
Kofi Baah Boamah
School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, P.R. China
Adeleke Banguo Oladepo
School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, P.R. China

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 2 | March-April 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-04-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 712-720
Manuscript Number : IJSRSET1732188
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099

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Patrick Boateng Sarpong, Du Janguo, Henry Asante Antwi, Kofi Baah Boamah, Adeleke Banguo Oladepo , " Reframing Public Procurement Challenges in Ghanaian Hospitals through Systems Thinking, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.712-720, March-April-2017.
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