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Special Issue on Public Procurement

I am guest-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management on public procurement with  Joanne Meehan.

The special issue will explore and discuss the usage of public procurement as a policy tool by public sector organizations. Whether at the local, regional, national, or international level, public organizations are using their procurement for a wide range of societal goals. Despite the increased usage of public procurement as a policy tool, little is known about how it is implemented, how successful it is, what factors and actors determine its effectiveness and successfulness and how public procurers deal with the (often conflicting) goals that they have to combine in their procurement. This special issue will try to fill that gap.

You can find the call for papers here: call for papers.

The call for papers invites scholars studying public procurement around the world to reflect theoretically, share empirical research and case studies of using public procurement as a tool to reach desired outcomes in society. We especially welcome papers presenting comparative studies that for example compare the implementation of sustainable public procurement or innovative procurement across different policy fields, organizations or countries.

You can submit a proposal to me until 7 June 2016. After acceptance of the proposals, full manuscripts are due 1 October 2016. All full manuscripts will undergo double blind peer review. Revisions and review have to be finished by March 2017. Aiming for publication mid 2017. For information on the journal, click here.

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Second article on Sustainable Public Procurement Behaviour now online

My article second article Sustainable Public Procurement behaviour titled “Examining the mediating role of sustainable public procurement behaviour” has appeared in the Journal of Cleaner Production. You can download it here for free until June 11th: Article

Studies show that the degree of sustainable procurement is not constant within a public organization, but varies across procurement projects. Studies into sustainable public procurement identify several organizational factors that drive or hinder the implementation of sustainable (public) procurement. However these studies have not yet examined how these factors influence the implementation and thus degree of sustainable public procurement. This article tries to fill that gap and tests whether behaviour acts as a mediator between knowledge, commitment to change, and the application of sustainable procurement in procurement projects in the Dutch national government. To test my hypotheses 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.

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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