Procedural Justice in Procurement Management and Inclusive Interorganizational Relations: An Institutional Perspective

18 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2015

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Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Aston University - Aston Business School

Monder Ram

De Montfort University - School of Business; University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Nada Kakabadse

Northampton Business School - Management & Business Research; University of Reading - Henley Business School

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

This paper applies the concept of procedural justice to one of the most important focal points of interorganizational relations: the purchaser–supplier relationship. The few extant studies of the concept in the purchaser–supplier domain have overlooked an important aspect of this key relationship: that is, inclusiveness in procurement. This is despite the fact that interest in the specific empirical context of supply chain links between large purchasing organizations (LPOs) and ethnic minority suppliers (EMSs) from disadvantaged communities proceeds apace on both sides of the Atlantic. Institutional theory is used to examine the form that procedural justice takes in eight case studies of LPOs from the private and public sectors, which actively engage with inclusive procurement management initiatives in England. The guiding question is twofold: ‘What may LPO approaches to installing procedural justice in procurement management entail?’ and ‘How are these approaches shaped?’ This paper identifies specific approaches to installing procedural justice for inclusive procurement and submits theoretical propositions about how these are shaped. The study contributes to a macro‐level assessment of procedural justice, i.e. interorganizational procedural justice, as a significant aspect of inclusive interorganizational relationships, which is a domain in need of theoretical development.

Suggested Citation

Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas and Ram, Monder and Kakabadse, Nada, Procedural Justice in Procurement Management and Inclusive Interorganizational Relations: An Institutional Perspective (April 2015). British Journal of Management, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 237-254, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2595368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12071

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos (Contact Author)

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

Monder Ram

De Montfort University - School of Business ( email )

Department of Corporate Strategy
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
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University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School ( email )

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Nada Kakabadse

Northampton Business School - Management & Business Research ( email )

Boughton Green Road
Northampton NN2 7AL
United Kingdom

University of Reading - Henley Business School ( email )

Greenlands
Reading, Henley on Thames RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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