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Barraket, J and Loosemore, M (2018) Co-creating social value through cross-sector collaboration between social enterprises and the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 36(07), 394–408.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: New public governance; cross-sector collaboration; social value; social enterprise; social procurement; construction;
- ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2017.1416152
Emerging social procurement imperatives are driving new forms of cross-sector collaboration between private, public and social enterprise sectors in the construction industry. Yet there is little understanding of how and why social enterprises and private construction firms collaborate in meeting new social procurement imperatives and of the institutional and organizational factors shape these practices. Drawing on theoretical insights from governance, management and policy studies and three case studies of major organizations from across the construction social value chain, the organizational and institutional factors that drive cross-sector collaborations are explored. Documentary analysis of social procurement strategy and policy, non-participant observation of social procurement initiatives in action and in-depth interviews with senior social procurement champions suggest that existing processes of social value co-creation through supply chain relationships more closely reflect a cooperative than a collaborative model, are largely driven by commercial concerns and influenced by industry norms and institutional imperatives. It is concluded that there are significant differences in experience and opportunity for collaboration based on supply chain position and organizational scale and that these have notable effects on the co-creation of social value and the legitimacy of different social benefit providers in the construction industry.