The promise of Best value Procurement: Governance and (in)stability of specifications within an innovative biogas project

T. Bruno, C.J. Gelderman, W. Lambrechts, Janjaap Semeijn

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Abstract

Best Value Procurement promises innovative solutions, high quality results at a fixed price and stable specifications. However, the evidence for such promises is anecdotal in nature and requires more in-depth investigation. This paper studies the (in)stability of specifications and governance in a sustain ability context with focus on an innovative biogas project. Results indicate that throughout the project service definitions were altered, with additional work for the contractor and additional costs for the buyer. We conclude that narrow application of Best Value Procurement principles is not helpful in coping with complexity. However, Best Value Procurement can work as a catalyst for change, galvanizing the different parties to rethink and reevaluate traditional tendering practices. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1465-1475
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume172
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Best value procurement
  • Biogas
  • governance
  • (in)stability of specifications
  • performance based contracting
  • Sustainability procurement
  • SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
  • SERVICE SUPPLY CHAINS
  • RELATIONAL GOVERNANCE
  • BUSINESS SERVICES
  • PERFORMANCE
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • MECHANISMS
  • INTERPLAY

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