The role of contracting strategies in social value implementation

Awuzie, BO and McDermott, P 2016, 'The role of contracting strategies in social value implementation' , Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law, 169 (3) , pp. 106-114.

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There has been an increasing demand for social value (SV) implementation to assume a cardinal position in the infrastructure delivery efforts of infrastructure client organisations (ICOs). However, whereas successful implementation has been recorded in some projects, monumental failures have also been recorded in others. This variance in implementation performance is a cause for concern. The mode of governance applied in an infrastructure delivery endeavour has been identified as capable of influencing the implementation of SV. This observation makes imperative an investigation into the role of contracting strategies – an integral part of governance modes – adopted by ICOs on SV implementation performance. This is the aim of this study. Using a case study approach, three infrastructure projects which used different contracting strategies were selected from two different countries, the UK and Nigeria. Semistructured interviews were conducted with ICO representatives on these projects and subsequently analysed using qualitative content analysis. Findings confirmed that the kind of contract adopted by ICOs influenced their ability to drive the successful implementation of desirable SV objectives through their supply chain. It is therefore recommended that ICOs ensure that the selected contracting strategies are capable of ensuring successful implementation of the desired objectives.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law
Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers
ISSN: 1751-4304
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Peter McDermott
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 09:13
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 17:39

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