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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.

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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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