Implementing sustainability in public procurement: The limited role of procurement managers and party-political executives

C.J. Gelderman, J. Semeijn, F. Bouma

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Abstract

Little is known about the way local government utilizes the procurement function to promote sustainability. Sustainability is a political theme of considerable importance at the local government level. We investigated the relationships between municipal executive councillors and procurement managers in three Dutch municipalities. We found that the party-political councillors focus on initiatives affecting citizens to create public visibility and electoral support. Procurement managers however, are primarily concerned with stakeholders within the organization serving different interests. Sustainability initiatives appear largely input-based rather than result-based. Procurement managers rarely consult with the councillors. Rather, department heads have the final say in allocating funds in the course of sustainability initiatives.

Data source: survey
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-92
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Public Procurement
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • AGENCY THEORY
  • BUSINESS
  • GREEN
  • FRAMEWORK
  • MODEL

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