Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to frame the causal relationships between corruption in public procurement and performance of local governments. Design/methodology/approach – An outcome-based dynamic performance management approach is adopted to explore a representative case study of a small Italian municipality. The model is based on three sources: qualitative primary data generated by face-to-face convergent interviews; secondary data retrievedfrom documents describing legal cases linked to procurement and open-access repositories; and an extensive literature review. Findings – Emphasizing the role of community civic morality systemically may help to understand some counterintuitive results in the past research and support decision-makers and policymakers in setting effective strategies to curb the associated negative implications. Social implications – A dynamic approach of performance management aimed at framing corruption in public procurement may guide policymakers and decision-makers in keeping their “cognitive radar” constantly active, in a way to detect emerging corruptive phenomena that could be otherwise ignored by normal diagnostical approaches. It may also help to promote organizational ethical learning and improve community outcomes.Originality/value – This research provides a causal and systemic framework of relationships involving local government performance and wrongdoings in public procurement, by including performance risk indicators linked to structural and individualistic causes of corruption.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Journal of Public Procurement|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Administration