Sustainable innovation in public procurement: the decisive role of the individual

M. Eikelboom, C.J. Gelderman, Janjaap Semeijn

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Abstract

Purpose - This study aims to highlight the effect of individual attributes of procurement professionals on goals concerning public procurement of sustainable innovation. Several barriers haven been observed regarding the application of public money to achieve these goals. Most research concerning these barriers focuses on organizational factors. Corporate initiatives are typically presented as a way forward tot achieve sustainable innovation. Less attention is paid to the efforts and attributes of the individual procurement professional.

Design/methodology/approach - A questionnaire was sent to 283 officials, involved in the procurement process of a large public organization.

Findings - As expected, a lack of top management support has a negative impact on sustainable innovation. Legal and regulatory complexity is less of a hindrance. The results indicate that both individual innovativeness and individual collectivism have a significant positive effect on sustainable innovation. Findings further suggest that an important way for an organization to achieve sustainable innovation is to allow individuals sufficient discretion to pursue sustainable initiatives. Many initiatives can be attributed to the individual innovativeness of procurement professionals.

Originality/value - The relation beween individual attributes of procurement professionals on the application of public money to achieve goals of sustainable innovation is investigated and can serve as a basis for further sudy on this subject.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-201
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Public Procurement
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Public procurement
  • Sustainable innovation
  • The individual
  • SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  • STAKEHOLDER PRESSURE
  • RESPONSIVENESS
  • COMPETENCE
  • FRAMEWORK
  • DRIVERS
  • CHINA

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