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

Cees J. Gelderman (Open University of the Netherlands.)
Janjaap Semeijn (Open University of the Netherlands.)
Frank Bouma (Vepa Office Furniture on sustainable business development and innovation.)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Article publication date: 1 March 2015

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.

Citation

Gelderman, C.J., Semeijn, J. and Bouma, F. (2015), "Implementing sustainability in public procurement: The limited role of procurement managers and party-political executives", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 66-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOPP-15-01-2015-B003

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