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Sustainable Economic Recovery through Public Procurement : Municipality Interventions in Times of Crisis

Moeradji, S. (2023) Sustainable Economic Recovery through Public Procurement : Municipality Interventions in Times of Crisis.

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Abstract:Europe has significantly been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, especially in reviving its economy, tackling social and health concerns, as well as, ensuring environmental sustainability. Fortunately, public procurement authorities such as municipalities, can utilise their spending power as a strategic tool to stimulate sustainable economic recovery (SER) in response to crises. To effectively do so, municipalities can implement various procurement interventions and likely in combination with one another. In addition to the (combination and impact of) interventions, it is theorised that various factors based on the municipality’s context, procurement maturity, and objectives may also affect SER outcomes. Since in this situation, multiple input variables influence an output variable of interest in complex ways, a configurational approach as opposed to a correlational one is considered. The focus of this research is to examine attributes – this includes factors and interventions – expected to jointly influence SER as the basis for designing a configurational model. Accordingly, configurational thinking is applied throughout the research and semi-structured interviews with public procurement professionals are conducted. Results indicated that indeed factors and interventions in combination influence SER. The research yields a configurational model comprising various attributes expected to jointly influence SER. This model establishes a basis for follow-up study to determine recipes of attributes that can result in desired SER outcomes using Qualitative Comparative Analysis or configurational analysis as part of the configurational theory. However, as various attributes play a role, municipalities would ultimately need to develop a tailored strategy detailing intentions, goals, and outcomes related to SER.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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