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Sustainable Procurement in Australian and UK Universities

Young, S.; Nagpal, S.; Adams, C.

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S. Young

S. Nagpal


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.


Young, S., Nagpal, S., & Adams, C. (2016). Sustainable Procurement in Australian and UK Universities. Public Management Review, 18(7), 993-1016.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 5, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 5, 2015
Publication Date Aug 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Dec 5, 2016
Journal Public Management Review
Print ISSN 1471-9037
Electronic ISSN 1471-9045
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 7
Pages 993-1016
Keywords Sustainable procurement, Higher education, Universities, Public sector governance, Social responsibility, Environmental responsibility.
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