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Sustainable procurement in Australian and UK universities.

Young, S. and Nagpal, S. and Adams, C. (2016) 'Sustainable procurement in Australian and UK universities.', Public management review., 18 (7). pp. 993-1016.


Sustainable procurement is a growing phenomenon and a key component of organizations’ corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. The focus of this paper is sustainable procurement (SP) at universities in Australia and the United Kingdom. The study identifies a dearth of academic research into SP at universities and presents actionable insights gained from practitioners. Results from qualitative data collected from Australian and UK universities highlight the continued dominance of price in procurement decisions and the practical challenges faced in changing the status quo both internal and external to the university. Implications for theory, research and policy are also presented.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Sustainable procurement, Higher education, Universities, Public sector governance, Social responsibility, Environmental responsibility.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Public Management Review on 05/06/2015, available online at:
Date accepted:05 May 2015
Date deposited:09 June 2015
Date of first online publication:05 June 2015
Date first made open access:05 December 2016

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