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The relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement in the public sector

Walker, Helen Lisbeth ORCID: and Brammer, S. 2012. The relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement in the public sector. International Journal of Production Economics 140 (1) , pp. 256-268. 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.01.008

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This study examines the relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement, two recent initiatives in public procurement in many countries. A survey of sustainable procurement and e-procurement adoption was conducted with a sample of over 280 public procurement practitioners from 20 countries and with collective responsibility for expenditure totalling $45 BN. Using multiple regression, we develop a model to show that e-procurement and communication with suppliers supports some types of sustainable procurement, and hinders others. E-procurement and communication with suppliers may help environmental, labour, health and safety aspects of sustainable procurement. Conversely, e-procurement may hinder buying from small local firms that are not e-enabled.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-procurement; Environmental issues; Public sector; Survey; Sustainable procurement; Supplier communication; Information technology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0925-5273
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:19

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