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Translating Sustainability: Sustainable Public Procurement Practices in Swedish and German Public Organizations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The idea of sustainability is widespread, but it often remains unclear how the idea travelled and how it is translated into practice. In this thesis it is analysed how public organizations translate sustainability into action through Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP). First, an overview of translation theory and previous research on SPP is given. Basing on an empirical analysis, two cases of public organizations in Sweden and Germany that integrated SPP in their strategies are described and analysed. It is revealed that translation theory applies to the two cases and that the theory is useful to explain how the concept of sustainability is acted upon. Characteristics of processes of translation can be observed in both cases, indicating that the translation of the same idea can result in different practices and outcomes. It is found that although both public organizations use the same term, the way SPP is implemented and practiced differs highly. The thesis includes reflections on this different outcome and considers the importance of local contexts and actors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Organization Studies, Public Organizations, Translation Theory, Sustainability, Sustainable Public Procurement
National Category
Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227775DiVA: diva2:731123
Subject / course
Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Management
Available from: 2014-07-09 Created: 2014-06-30 Last updated: 2014-07-09Bibliographically approved

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