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Employment requirements in Swedish construction procurement – institutional perspectives

Daniella Troje (Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Anna Kadefors (Department of Real Estate and Construction Management,KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and Department of Technology Management and Economics,Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Article publication date: 30 July 2018

Issue publication date: 23 October 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Today, social procurement and requirements to create employment for disadvantaged groups in particular, are increasingly used in the construction sector. The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of employment requirements and its organizational implications in Sweden, and to suggest a possible theoretical approach for studying this phenomenon in the future.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on written sources describing influential Swedish cases where employment requirements have been used, as well as on interviews with central actors in industry and society.

Findings

Due to the increased use of employment requirements, the construction industry may currently be experiencing the initial stages of a process of institutional change. This implies that a traditional logic, where value is perceived as a function of the cost and quality of the physical product, is increasingly co-existing and competing with a logic where social value plays an important role.

Practical implications

An institutional perspective could enable a rich explication of processes, practices and roles, which might help individual practitioners and organizations to more purposefully work towards a more informed and effective use of employment requirements.

Originality/value

This study takes a first step towards increased theorization of the emergent practice of including employment requirements in construction procurement and its organizational implications. Thereby, research on this phenomenon may be more closely related to and informed by relevant developments in the wider academic community.

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Citation

Troje, D. and Kadefors, A. (2018), "Employment requirements in Swedish construction procurement – institutional perspectives", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 284-298. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFM-09-2016-0038

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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