Implementing Government Policy in Supply Chains: An International Coproduction Study of Public Procurement

Christine Harland*, Jan Telgen, Guy Callender, Rick Grimm, Andrea Patrucco

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Public procurement is the commercial arm of governments, contracting for goods, and services to feed public sector service provision. However, mainstream operations and supply chain management journals have published little on supply chains to governments, public procurement, and the significance of engaging small businesses in government supply chains. Policy feedback theory and thirteen coproduced international case studies of public procurement and small business agency dyadic relationships are used to explore this space. The research highlights the importance of both public procurement and small business as areas of policy and supply chain management research. Policy feedback theory is introduced as a means to understand relationships and is applied to a coproduction study to understand how supply chain management research can both explore and change policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-25
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of supply chain management
Issue number2
Early online date22 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019



  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • contracting
  • engaged methods
  • procurement processes
  • case studies

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