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Sustainable procurement: for whom and why?


Per Engelseth
Aalesund University College
Per Engelseth , Enoch Niboi, Fahad Awahleh and Richard Glavee-Geo

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The paper was published at the 35th IMP-conference in Paris, France in 2019.


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The purpose of this study is to develop an IMP-network inspired approach to study sustainable production. A case study of oil production in Ghana is applied to ground this research empirically. This case concerns the topic of sustainable procurement and consists of two subcases, one in the upstream portion of the supply chain associated with exploration and platform-based production, and the other an oil refinery in the downstream part. The triple bottom line inspired “interlocking circles model” and the systems-oriented “concentric circles model” are applied together with contingency theory rooted in the IMP network approach that also integrates supply chain management. This provides three key concepts: interaction, interdependency and integration, all associated with value concerns as the foundation for analyses. A conceptual model depicts sustainability, in line with the concentric circles model as systemically intertwined with value and networked in an immediate business, network and wider non-contextual natural and social environment. Sustainable procurement is likewise seen as a networked value rather than as the triple bottom line posits, a norm “out there”. Sustainability is not limited to one network actor since it is something done through interaction.