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Collaborative procurement: A relational view across the UK public sector

Walker, Helen Lisbeth and Bakker, Elmer 2009. Collaborative procurement: A relational view across the UK public sector. Presented at: 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009. Proceedings of the 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009. International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), pp. 757-772.

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Abstract

Collaborative procurement is increasingly on the policy agenda in different countries, yet organisations often encounter problems in cooperating. This study adopts a relational theory perspective to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of public sector organisations collaborating to buy goods and services, and explore the enablers and barriers to collaboration. Fifty senior procurement staff were interviewed from across the public sector in the UK. Some themes were identified across settings, such as advantages being economies of scale, sharing tangible and intangible resources, and better engagement with stakeholders. A common enabler was standardising procedures and processes, and common constraints were a lack of resources and a lack of procurement credibility preventing successful collaboration. There was empirical support for adopting the relational view in the public sector context, and relational theory provides a useful framework with which to conceptualise collaborative procurement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: logistics and operations management
Publisher: International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/25938

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