An Organisational Approach to Sustainable Public Procurement

  • Ridzuan Kushairi Mohd Ramli

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Purpose – The study aim to investigate the adoption of social and environmental objectives in public procurement.Design/ methodology/ approach – This study undertook an exploratory case study research based on the theory of bureaucracy and the theory of organisational configuration. A semi structured interview and a survey was conducted among public procurement professionals at five Ministries in Malaysia. Findings – The public procurement system were found to contain two organisational structures – The Machine Organisation and the Innovative Organisation. These structures were based on the analysis that there were two approaches to public procurement – the Compliant Approach and the Sustainable Objective Adoption Approach that respectively contained organisational structures of its own in managing public procurement. Mutual adjustment with the stakeholders was seen as a key driver in implementing sustainable objectives successfully in public procurement.Research limitations/ implications – Case studies have been viewed as controversial for the generalizability of knowledge and philosophical approaches to academia due to the low number of respondents. An in-depth study was the key direction of this study in investigating the organisation structure and relationships with the public procurement system that contained the system of administration and governance, people of the organisation, and the hierarchy of the organisation. Practical Implications – This research adds volume to practitioners and policy makers in designing public procurement policies and regulations by identifying the key areas of sustainable adoption in public procurement.Originality/ Value – The in-depth nature of this study provides a perspective into the intricacies of the public procurement system where the procurement officers were found to consolidate working with the regulations, the components of the organisation, and the hierarchies to achieve organisational objectives.
Date of Award28 Sept 2014
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SponsorsPublic Service Department of Malaysia
SupervisorAndrew Millington (Supervisor) & Krista Bondy (Supervisor)


  • Sustainable procurement
  • Public procurement
  • Organisational structure

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