Disputation: Rebecca Glavee-Geo

Rebecca Glavee-Geo will be defending her thesis for the PhD degree in Logistics at Molde University College. The title of the thesis is "Managing Transaction Cost Escalation in Public Sector Procurement: An Empirical Study of Ghana"

Rebecca Glavee-Geo. Photo: Private.

Rebecca Glavee-Geo.  Photo: Private.

The trial lecture and the defense of the thesis will be set up as a video-stream. The link to the stream will be published prior to the event.

Time and place:

  • Trial Lecture: Thursday, 18 June, 15.15 NB! Please notice late start
  • PhD Defense: Thursday, 18 June, 17.15 NB! Please notice late start

Trial Lecture Title:

“Discuss the key differences between private and public procurement within theory and empirical research, and implications for suppliers delivering to both sectors”

Adjudication committee

Chair of defence

Professor Harald M. Hjelle, Molde University College, Faculty of Logistics


Professor Emeritus Arnt Buvik, Molde University College, Faculty of Logistics 

Additional information

About the thesis:

Public sector procurement plays an important role in the acquisition and provision of goods, works and services. It accounts for 15% of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). The benefits of public procurement can be eroded due to high transaction cost, hence the need to manage its escalation. 

The thesis examine transaction cost in public procurement contracting. The thesis looked at factors that influence the transaction cost during the execution of a public-private procurement contract and elaborates measures that help in managing the escalation of the transaction cost in public procurement contracting process. It highlights the inter-organizational relationships between public procurement practitioners and suppliers. The study formulated a research model that links transaction cost theory variables and procedural justice to transaction cost. The model was tested empirically based on cross-sectional survey data from 156 public procurement practitioners in Ghana. The result showed product complexity and information asymmetry increases transaction cost. The results also highlight the important role of procedural justice (fairness) in reducing transaction cost as well as mediating the association between formal contracting and transaction cost in public-private procurement  contracting.

The study contributes to the extant literature considering there is limited theoretical and empirical research on the use of transaction cost in public procurement research. Through the application of transaction cost model in a developing economy setting, the study highlights the theoretical and managerial implications that should be of interest to researchers, public procurement practitioners and policymakers.

Rebecca Glavee-Geo (age 50) comes from Ghana and is now living in Ålesund. She holds a BSc. in Public Administration from the University of Ghana in 2003, a Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in Public Administration and Organization Theory from the University of Bergen in 2006 and a Master of Science (MSc.) in Logistics from Molde University College in 2012. During her PhD-studies, Rebecca has been financed as a scholarship holder at Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics.


Published June 4, 2020 2:55 PM - Last modified June 4, 2020 2:57 PM