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Organizing for sustainable procurement: theories, institutions and practice

Hughes, W. and Laryea, S. (2013) Organizing for sustainable procurement: theories, institutions and practice. In: Yao, R. (ed.) Design and management of sustainable built environments. Springer, London, pp. 385-396. ISBN 9781447147817

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Abstract/Summary

That construction procurement needs to be re-organized to make it more sustainable implies that there is a problem with the current situation. Starting from this assumption, an overview of construction procurement sets the scene for a discussion of some recent developments relating to organizational frameworks for sustainable construction procurement. Emergent theories dealing with sustainable procurement are considered. There is a plethora of standards and guidance documents for organizing sustainable procurement, originating from a variety of organizations involved. These considerations form the context for approaches being used in practice to achieve sustainable procurement. The Chapter concludes with reflections on why current approaches are insufficient. It seems difficult to persuade clients to spend less money over the life cycle of their buildings. Future directions needed to translate sustainable procurement from rhetoric to reality include the development of suitable incentives and appropriate organizational structures.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:No
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Business Innovation in Construction
ID Code:35470
Uncontrolled Keywords:procurement, organization, responsibilities, contracts
Publisher:Springer

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