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Fostering sustainability through sourcing from small businesses: public sector perspectives

Walker, Helen Lisbeth and Preuss, Lutz 2008. Fostering sustainability through sourcing from small businesses: public sector perspectives. Journal of Cleaner Production 16 (15) , pp. 1600-1609. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2008.04.014

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Abstract

This article examines the opportunities for fostering sustainable development through public sector sourcing from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Buying from small businesses can make such contributions in a variety of forms, ranging from a contribution to local economic development through providing innovative green products and services, particularly in the food sector, to helping the public sector organisation to better align its operations with its community. Sourcing from small businesses also has implications for the governance of sourcing processes and can benefit from a partnership approach. Barriers to public sector sourcing from small businesses are discussed and suggestions made on how these can be overcome.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability ; Small businesses ; SMEs Procurement ; Local government ; Health care
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-6526
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18417

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