Article on Sustainable Public Procurement Behaviour Published

The article “It’s not easy being green: increasing sustainable public procurement behaviour” is now published online and available for download. The article is co-authored with Bram Steijn and Ben Kuipers and will appear in a special issue titled “Public Procurement as a means to stimulate innovation for a better world” of Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research.

The study examines the implementation of sustainable public procurement in the Dutch national government. To achieve greater sustainability, governments need to continuously adapt their purchasing activities to innovations in the market.Sustainable procurement is a decision-making process in which the decisions of procurers determine if the full potential of sustainable procurement is used. The decisions and thus behaviour of procurers are therefore crucial for the successfulness of sustainable procurement. According to organizational theory, commitment to change could influence this behaviour. Hence, in the study, we examined if commitment to implement sustainable procurement increases sustainable procurement behaviour by Dutch public procurers and what determines this commitment to implement sustainable procurement are. To answer this question, a survey was send to all public procurers working in the Dutch national government. The results of this study shows first that both affective commitment to implement sustainable procurement and procedural justice increase sustainable procurement behaviour. In addition, the results show that commitment to change acts as a mechanism between fit with vision, ecological sustainability attitude, procedural justice and sustainable procurement behaviour.

The full paper can be downloaded here:


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