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Boes, H and Dorée, A (2011) The development of public procurement at local level in the Netherlands: A longitudinal study. In: Egbu, C and Lou, E C W (Eds.), Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 725–34.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: contracts; local authorities; outsourcing; policy; procurement
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-5-2
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2011-0725-0734_Boes_Doree.pdf
  • Abstract:

    The Netherlands has a long tradition in using the traditional Design Bid Built, lowest price selection procurement. This traditional procurement is often connected to the discourse on poor innovation performance innovation within the construction industry. For over a decade the use of integrated contracts, like design & construct (&maintain) or public private partnerships , is promoted as an important requirement for stimulating innovation. Since The Netherlands Department of Economic Affairs in mid 1990 s stimulates innovation, the use of integrated contracts i.e. the move to innovative procurement (IP) and quality/price selection at national level is widespread adopted, together with a change from invited to more public tendering. Due to this change of policy an organization change was conducted. However, more than 80 % of the total budget of public works is spent by provincial authorities, local municipalities and services boards. They are slower in adopting IP and changing their procurement strategy. In the mid 1990 s the authors developed a survey focused on procurement and client-contractor cooperation at local level. The questionnaire for this research was reused in 2001, 2005 and 2010 to collect data for longitudinal trends. Due to a short time span the 2010 results could not be integrated in this paper. Parallel of this longitudinal study several State of the Art studies were executed to document the development of (innovative) public procurement in general on local level. Also a number of master theses were written on studies related to IP by local authorities. On local level a change of the procurement policy as seen at national level is missing. The use of integrated contracts is incidental, lowest price tendering is still by far favorite and due to that an organization change, more managing and less control, is hardly implemented. Only the amount of public tendering is growing.