Social value practices in housing associations' construction procurement in northwest England

Abowen-Dake, R ORCID:, Higham, AP ORCID:, Farrell, P and Watts, GN ORCID: 2020, Social value practices in housing associations' construction procurement in northwest England , in: ARCOM 36th Annual Conference :building a common good in construction, 7th-8th September 2020, Online.

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Housing associations (HAs) embed social value (SV) in construction procurement processes and use social clauses as contractual Mechanisms to compel construction supply chains (CSCs) to deliver expected requirements. Whereas extant literature provides perspectives of CSCs on challenges in addressing SV through construction procurement, there is limited evidence of procurers’ views on this significant matter. Given their social mission and sizeable annual construction expenditure, HAs present a unique opportunity to investigate the current nature, foci and challenges social value construction procurement (SVCP) presents in practice. Based on a review of procurement literature and policies, supported by eleven semi-structured interviews with social value managers in HAs, this paper builds on previous studies to provide context-specific insights into the socially-oriented, not-for profit housing sector use of construction works procurement to deliver SV to local areas and the challenges thereof. The findings reveal a series of interwoven and cultural challenges impeding the full realisation of expected benefits in construction procurement. The lack of policy direction and a clear definition of what constitutes SV present challenges to its advocates. The interviews reveal a series of major organisational challenges that must be overcome if social value is to be delivered effectively. These range from the need to change organisational culture to operational issues resulting from dismissive attitudes among built environment staff.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of ARCOM 2020 : building a common good in construction
Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ACROM)
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Depositing User: R Abowen-Dake
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 12:04
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 05:31

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