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Publicatie in vakblad Deal!

Afgelopen donderdag is een artikel van mij verschenen in hét vakblad  voor inkopers in Nederland: Deal!

In het artikel beschrijf ik enkele uitkomsten van een enquête die ik in het kader van mijn promotieonderzoek heb uitgevoerd. De kern van het artikel is dat de inkopers cruciaal zijn voor de toepassing van duurzaam inkopen in inkoopprojecten binnen het Rijk. Hoe meer kennis over duurzaamheid, betrokkenheid bij de invoering van duurzaam inkopen en duurzaam inkoopgedrag zij hebben, hoe duurzamer er uiteindelijk in het project wordt ingekocht. Kortom, de sleutel voor het succes van duurzaam inkopen lijkt bij de inkopers te liggen.

Lees hier het artikel: Jolien Grandia – Deal! november 2012

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Introduction to Public Administration

Over the last two months I have been teaching two work-groups of pre-master students. During this course the pre-master students were introduced to Public Administration. They got their first taste of it at both the theoretical and practical level by letting them read and reflect on scholarly publications, participate in simulations and debates, but most importantly by having them apply their new knowledge in an advise report for the Municipality of Rotterdam.

All pre-master students were invited for a presentation at the municipality’s newly opened office “The Rotterdam” and were asked to advise them on two subjects: a) the development of a Student Quarter and b) increasing the number of highly educated students and young professionals in the city.

My students wrote a report about the latter subject. Compared to other large cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam or Utrecht, Rotterdam has got fewer highly educated inhabitants. The city council therefore wants to increase this number and mentioned it in their last coalition agreement. The students examined if and how the municipality could increase the number of high-educated students and young professionals that work or live in the city by for example adapting their communication, cultural heritage, city branding, safety, or harbour policies. During an interesting Q&A session at City Hall the students were able to pick the brain of the civil servants working on these matters, see if their suggestions made sense, and if they had perhaps missed a vital policy document.

Last week the students presented their findings, sharply dressed, in our new Erasmus University College Building to a jury consisting of civil servants, and lecturers. For their hard work all the students received an official certificate, stating they have advised the Municipality. Hopefully, the reports of the students and their suggestions will be as valuable and interesting for the municipality as this assignment has been for the students. And of course I hope that the first taste of Public Administration made the students crave more, and they continue to explore the field with lots of enthusiasm and drive.

Photo: Rotterdam City Hall (Carl030nl)

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Article accepted for publication in Public Money & Management

The article about the role of change agents in the implementation of sustainable public procurement projects, which I have presented at both the EGOS and IPPC conferences this year, has been accepted for publication in the ‘public procurement’ theme of the Public Money & Management Journal. The article is titled “The Role of Change Agents in Sustainable Public Procurement Projects” and will be published in Volume 35, Number 2 issue (March 2015).

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Onderzoek naar Duurzaam Inkopen is gestart!

Afgelopen week hebben alle inkopers binnen het Rijk een uitnodiging ontvangen om deel te nemen aan een onderzoek naar Duurzaam Inkopen en een vragenlijst in te vullen.

In opdracht van het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken voer ik samen met master student Robin Vermeer het onderzoek uit. Er wordt vanuit een HRM en veranderkundig perspectief gekeken naar factoren en actoren die er voor kunnen zorgen dat de Rijksinkopers gecommitteerd en gemotiveerd raken om duurzaam in te kopen. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan een charismatische directe leidinggevende of veel persoonlijke affiniteit met duurzaamheid.

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