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This paper explores organizational adoption of eProcurement in the manufacturing sector in Russia; in particular it evaluates perceived benefits and barriers considered at the adoption stage. Results of the survey of over 100 Russian organizations reveal that the adoption factors, including benefits, barriers of eProcurement and their perceived importance vary depending on company size. Generally, large enterprises are more likely to adopt eProcurement; they gain more tangible benefits and downplay barriers. The findings show that the bandwagon of innovation diffusion theory is relevant to large Russian enterprises, where adoption of eProcurement is highly influenced by perceptions of benefits and the views of top management. We open further questions for investigating whether social influence impacts eProcurement decision making in the Russian market and skews decision making regardless of the experiences of others.

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eProcurement in Russia: Organizational Adoption and Social Influence?

This paper explores organizational adoption of eProcurement in the manufacturing sector in Russia; in particular it evaluates perceived benefits and barriers considered at the adoption stage. Results of the survey of over 100 Russian organizations reveal that the adoption factors, including benefits, barriers of eProcurement and their perceived importance vary depending on company size. Generally, large enterprises are more likely to adopt eProcurement; they gain more tangible benefits and downplay barriers. The findings show that the bandwagon of innovation diffusion theory is relevant to large Russian enterprises, where adoption of eProcurement is highly influenced by perceptions of benefits and the views of top management. We open further questions for investigating whether social influence impacts eProcurement decision making in the Russian market and skews decision making regardless of the experiences of others.