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Dissertation

I have publicly defended my dissertation on Wednesday 2 December 2015 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The dissertation  titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Public Procurement: An organisational change perspective’ is also available online.

You can download a free copy here: Dissertation.
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Dissertation Approved!

I am happy to announce that my dissertation titled “Implementing Sustainable Public Procurement; an organisational change perspective” has been accepted by the internal committee. On 2 December 2015 at 15:30 I will publicly defend my dissertation.

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EURAM Conference

On Wednesday the 17th of June I presented a paper titled ‘Fulfilling the potential of sustainable public procurement: Examining the role of behaviour, commitment to change and knowledge in determining the degree of sustainable public procurement’ at the European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) conference at Koźmiński University in Warsaw, Poland. I also presented an earlier version of this paper at the annual IRSPM conference in Birmingham. The paper is co-authored with Bram Steijn and Ben Kuipers and deals with the question “does the individual sustainable procurement behaviour of public procurers mediate the relationship between affective commitment to change, knowledge about sustainable procurement and sustainability, and the application of sustainable procurement in public procurement projects in the Dutch national government?”

To answer our research question a survey was held amongst public procurers working in the Dutch national government. The results show that sustainable procurement behaviour positively mediates the relationship between on the one hand affective commitment to change and knowledge, and on the other hand the application of both compulsory and voluntary sustainable public procurement in procurement projects. Especially voluntary sustainable procurement proved receptive for knowledge and affective commitment to change. It is therefore concluded that to increase the application of sustainable procurement public organisations should focus on increasing knowledge about sustainability and the environment, affective commitment to change and sustainable procurement behaviour.

Photo: http://www.thinkpoland.org/szkoly/17,kozminski_university.html

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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: www.tandfonline.com/eprint/D2yGqjFnrXERs9wYR6tg/full

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IRSPM Conference

On Monday the 30th of March I presented a paper titled ‘Fulfilling the potential of sustainable public procurement: Examining the role of behaviour, commitment to change and knowledge in determining the degree of sustainable public procurement’ at the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference at the University of Birmingham. The paper is co-authored with Bram Steijn and Ben Kuipers and deals with the question “does the individual sustainable procurement behaviour of public procurers mediate the relationship between affective commitment to change, knowledge about sustainable procurement and sustainability, and the application of sustainable procurement in public procurement projects in the Dutch national government?”

To answer our research question a survey was held amongst public procurers working in the Dutch national government. The results show that sustainable procurement behaviour positively mediates the relationship between on the one hand affective commitment to change and knowledge, and on the other hand the application of both compulsory and voluntary sustainable public procurement in procurement projects. Especially voluntary sustainable procurement proved receptive for knowledge and affective commitment to change. It is therefore concluded that to increase the application of sustainable procurement public organisations should focus on increasing knowledge about sustainability and the environment, affective commitment to change and sustainable procurement behaviour.