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Procuring sustainably in social housing: The role of social capital

Meehan, J and Bryde, DJ (2014) Procuring sustainably in social housing: The role of social capital. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 20 (2). pp. 74-81. ISSN 1478-4092

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Abstract

In order to explore its many complexities, scholars have called for a move beyond, descriptions of sustainable procurement. This study responds by seeking insights into sustainable procurement through the lens of social capital theory. Social capital is conceptualized as comprising cognitive, social and relational elements. Sustainable procurement is seen as a means of pursuing environmental, economic and social goals through the purchasing and supply process. The study, proposes and empirically tests the operational measures of social capital and their relationship with, sustainable procurement activity on a sample of 135 procurement professionals in organizations, providing social housing. The results indicate partial support for the study proposition; structural, social capital, rather than structural, social and relational taken together, is found to be the most robust predictor of sustainable procurement. The results highlight the importance of broadening, collaboration models for sustainable procurement beyond an exclusive focus on dyadic relations. It, also demonstrates that this broader engagement with other stakeholders focused on knowledge creation, as well as knowledge sharing, is a significant contributor to sustainable procurement activity. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business And Management, 1505 Marketing, 1507 Transportation And Freight Services
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Built Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:17
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2016 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.pursup.2014.01.002
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/435

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