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Sustainable innovations in Malaysia’s public procurement: strategic policy initiatives and coherences

Nur Faiza Ishak (Integrated Sustainability and Urban Creativity Research Centre, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)
Vinesh Thiruchelvam (Integrated Sustainability and Urban Creativity Research Centre, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 28 June 2023

Issue publication date: 22 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to discuss policy review in the interest of sustainable innovations in Malaysia’s public procurement. This study also offers the overall relationship between existing policies related to sustainable innovations in public procurement and the coherences towards the four dimensions of sustainable innovations.

Design/methodology/approach

This study outlines the current policies in Malaysia which are related to sustainable innovation initiatives and explores the cohesiveness that appears disconnected and understood separately. Policy content analysis is conducted on the current policies related to sustainable innovations in the context of Malaysia’s public procurement.

Findings

This study observed that the current policies related to sustainable innovations in public procurement are actually interconnected with each other through a hierarchical framework. This study also demonstrates that the 12th Malaysia Plan has comprehensively encompassed every aspect of the environment, social, economic and innovation to contribute to one primary goal – green economic growth.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed policy framework is expected to be beneficial for the administrator executive among the civil servant to connect the independent policies and, at the same time, contribute to the overall goal of green economic growth. Through a broad policy structure too, this study helps the industry player to recognize their potential in any area related to sustainable innovation.

Originality/value

The policy framework illustrated is new to the literature, especially in Malaysia’s context. The compilation of current policy grounded by the 12th Malaysia Plan has not been presented in any publications.

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Citation

Ishak, N.F. and Thiruchelvam, V. (2024), "Sustainable innovations in Malaysia’s public procurement: strategic policy initiatives and coherences", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 338-372. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-08-2022-0144

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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