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Sustainable purchasing in the Dutch healthcare sector: cultural aspects analysis

Heetkamp, S.C.M. (2023) Sustainable purchasing in the Dutch healthcare sector: cultural aspects analysis.

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Abstract:In recent years, due to climate change, there has been a shift from healthcare organizations focusing solely on patient care to healthcare organizations additionally looking at their impacts on outside stakeholders, such as the environment, employees and society. Sustainability, as a result, is a concept which has become one of the most important topics in the operations of healthcare organizations. The purpose of this study is to look at the current extent of sustainability adoption in the healthcare sector, in combination with the role a purchaser can play regarding sustainability adoption. Additionally, the influence of two cultural aspects on sustainability adoption in the healthcare sector is investigated, i.e. national culture and organizational culture. In order to research this, a case study at seven healthcare organizations has been conducted, through interviews with purchasers of these organizations. The results support previous literature on the increasing importance of sustainability and how organizational culture can foster the interest of an organization for a topic such as sustainability. It also addresses the role of a purchaser in ensuring that sustainability gains traction throughout the organization. Lastly, the results address the importance of national culture, however in practice mainly national rules and regulations play a role.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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