Liberalised public procurement of ICT services for schools: An empirical case from Finland
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The aim of this research was to evaluate the new procurement practices of information and communication technology (ICT) services in Finnish-speaking schools in the City of Kauniainen. In the new model, schools define their needs and school administration mandates the procurement through tendering. The research included a review of the problems associated with procurement practices and the assessment of the procurement model. The results show that service levels have been improved and unit costs as well as the environmental load have been reduced. The new model requires the schools to have the skills and expertise to define their needs and the competencies to prepare and execute the procurement process. The case analysis of the Finnish 'Dream School in Kauniainen shows that administrative and governance aspects are equally important in successful deployment of technology. © 2013 by PrAcademics Press.
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