Public procurement and small businesses: estranged or engaged?

Date

2018-04-30

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0047-2778

Volume Title

Publisher

Wiley

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

How do ‘under-represented’ business owners engage with public procurement opportunities? Extant studies tend to offer prescriptions rather than theoretically-guided responses to this question despite the importance of public procurement as a tool for economic development. Drawing on Edwards et al’s (2006) institutionalist framework on small firm behaviour, this paper examined the complex, subtle, interplay of structural factors and internal resources in shaping small firms’ strategic choices and identified the existence of four discernible groups of under-represented businesses with differentiated levels of knowledge, attitude and capacity, from those unwilling and unable to seek supply opportunities to those aspiring and able to engage.

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Keywords

Mixed embeddedness, public procurement, strategic choice, small businesses, firm resources

Citation

Woldesenbet, K. and Worthington, I. (2018) Public procurement and small businesses: estranged or engaged? Journal of Small Business Management, 57 (4), pp. 1661-1675

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Research Institute

Institute for Applied Economics and Social Value (IAESV)
Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)