Advancing social procurement: an institutional work perspective

Show simple item record Razmdoost, Kamran Alinaghian, Leila 2023-11-08T10:14:52Z 2023-11-08T10:14:52Z 2023-11-06
dc.identifier.citation Razmdoost K, Alinaghian L. (2023) Advancing social procurement: an institutional work perspective, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Volume 44, Issue 7, June 2024, pp. 1354-1375 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 0144-3577
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The adoption of social procurement, the emerging practice of using a firm's spending power to generate social value, requires buying firms to navigate conflicts of institutional logics. Adopting an institutional work perspective, this study aims to investigate how buying firms change their existing procurement institutions to adopt and advance social procurement. Design/methodology/approach: The authors conducted an in-depth case study of a social procurement initiative in the UK. This case study comprised of 16 buying firms that were actively participating in the social procurement initiative at the time of data collection (2020–2021). The data were largely captured through a set of 41 semi-structured interviews. Findings: Four types of institutional work were observed: reducing institutional conflicts, crossing institutional boundaries, legitimising institutional change and spreading the new institutional logic. These different types of institutional work appeared in a sequential way. Originality/value: This study contributes to various strands of literature investigating the role of procurement in generating value and benefits within societies, adopting an institutional lens to investigate the buying firms' purposeful actions to change procurement institutions. Secondly, this study complements the existing literature investigating the conflicts of institutional logics by illustrating the ways firms address such institutional conflicts when adopting and advancing social procurement. Finally, this work contributes to the recently emerging research on institutional work that examines the creation and establishment of new institutions by considering the existing procurement institutions in the examination of institutional work. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Emerald en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Social procurement en_UK
dc.subject Social enterprise en_UK
dc.subject Institutional work en_UK
dc.subject Sustainable supply chain management en_UK
dc.subject Case study en_UK
dc.title Advancing social procurement: an institutional work perspective en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK
dc.identifier.eissn 1758-6593

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