Adjienim Boaterng Adjei
The procurement volume and value of public sector organisations is similar to or even greater than many private counterparts. Although the boundaries between public and private are blurred, due to developments such as externalization, outsourcing, and public-private partnerships, public procurement is still considered very distinct from its counterpart in the private sector. For example, public procurement is expected to meet higher standards of transparency, integrity, accountability, and exemplary behaviour, as well as having to deal with many different and often conflicting goals. Political goals and the political responsibility of politicians also place demands on public procurement not found in private purchasing. Furthermore, public procurement faces more stakeholders, such as citizens, management, unions, and taxpayers, with differing objectives that need to be taken into account compared with private organisations. This paper discusses the organisational change framework used to examine the implementation of SPP in the Ghanaian national government. However, first, I provide some information about public procurement, the public procurement process, and SPP. Subsequently, I will explain why sustainable procurement should be viewed as an organisational change issue. I will discuss the issues to be examined when studying organisational change and, then, apply them to sustainable procurement. The paper concludes with the concepts examined in the four empirical chapters.
Keywords: Sustainable Public Procurement, Public Procurement, Private Purchasing