Beyond Policies and Social Washing: How Social Procurement Unfolds in Practice
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Social procurement is increasingly used by organizations to create social value. An important feature of social procurement used to mitigate issues with social exclusion is employment requirements, which aim to create internships for unemployed marginalized people. However, little is known of their effects on people working at an operative level. Through 23 semi-structured interviews with practitioners in the Swedish construction and real estate sector, this paper adopts a practice lens to analyse the effects of employment requirements (ER). Findings show that practitioners must handle the tension between old and new practices, and strike a balance between fulfilling formal responsibilities and performing new practices on an ad hoc basis, and finding the time and resources to do so. Practitioners act as practice carriers for both traditional work tasks and new employment requirement practices, which can lead to role ambiguity. The paper provides novel details for how employment requirements unfold in practice. It also adds to practice theory by suggesting an important relational aspect between first-order, premeditated practices, and second-order, emergent practices, and how both types of practices are vital for working with employment requirements.

practice theory

employment requirements

social value

construction and real estate sector

interns

social procurement

social sustainability

Sweden

Författare

Daniella Troje

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Pernilla Gluch

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Sustainability

2071-1050 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 12 4956

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Företagsekonomi

Miljövetenskap

DOI

10.3390/su12124956

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2020-10-08