Moving beyond one-off procurement innovation; an ambidexterity perspective

Henrico Plantinga*, Hans Voordijk, Andre Dorée

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    Purpose - The development of innovative procurement instruments can be costly and risky. To capitalize on successful innovative instruments, it is essential that these are reused. However, reuse can be problematic in project-based public client organizations. This paper aims to apply the ambidexterity concept of integration mechanisms to examine how such reuse can be facilitated.
    Design/methodology/approach - An initial framework is developed to conceptualize and contextualize the ambidexterity integration mechanism for the procurement function of a multi-project public client. Concluding that, in this situation, an organizational procedure is an appropriate interpretation of the integration mechanism, a design science project is carried out to develop and implement a procedure in a real-life setting.
    Findings - Reconstructed reuse patterns confirm the need to have an actionable integration mechanism implemented. Integration, in the sense of drawing benefits from successful one-off innovative procurement instruments, may fail unnoticed if not organized and deliberately managed. The procedure developed in the design science project demonstrates how such integration can be achieved.
    Originality/value - Although research on ambidexterity has grown exponentially in the past decade, it is yet to be applied in the field of public procurement. Furthermore, the application of design science research is novel in this field of literature. The paper illustrates how both can help solve a relevant organizational problem.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of public procurement
    Issue number1
    Early online date18 Nov 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • Ambidexterity
    • Design science
    • Innovation
    • Organizational design
    • 22/2 OA procedure


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