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Procuring Socially Responsible Consulting Services: The Case of Thessaloniki, Greece

Papagiannis, F and Michaelides, Z Procuring Socially Responsible Consulting Services: The Case of Thessaloniki, Greece. International Journal of Public Sector Management. ISSN 0951-3558 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to present and critically analyse the dynamic, ongoing development of a socially responsible (SR) procurement framework, based on the contribution of the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic factors. The case study was conducted in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, (approx. 315,000 population) emerging from a period of economic crisis. Design/methodology/approach – The paper opted for a mixed method approach that enables the collection of rich, contextual information from stakeholders whilst undertaking statistical testing of structured data. Data was collection over a year, with three thematic categories identified utilising content analysis. Findings – The paper provides empirical insights about the reestablishment of the city’s municipal services for a SR society. This research provides a significant contribution to further understanding the relationship between SMEs and SR public procuring at municipal level. Research limitations/implications – Due to the case study approach, i.e. undertaken in a municipal setting of a city council emerging from the economic downturn, the research results may lack generalisability. Practical implications – The paper includes implications for economic recovery in a country with a complex public-procurement system, in which youth unemployment has reached almost 45%. The SR procurement framework forms a valuable tool to its engaging stakeholders (European Commission, 2016). Originality/value – This paper fulfils an identified need to study social value (SV) and its role in shaping SR procurement systems for awarding contracts in local government. It also heightens awareness of maintaining social value through SR procurement in times of national economic crisis

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business And Management, 1605 Policy And Administration, 1501 Accounting, Auditing And Accountability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 23:41
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5352

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