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The Role of Intermediaries in Social Innovation: The Case of Social Procurement in Australia

The Role of Intermediaries in Social Innovation: The Case of Social Procurement in Australia AbstractSocial procurement is receiving renewed attention in new public governance regimes that seek to increase social value by stimulating markets for social enterprises and other social benefit providers. Intermediaries have traditionally played important roles in social procurement. Yet little has been done to codify these roles. In this paper, the functions and effects of an intermediary on buyer and supplier practices in social procurement are examined. Based on a two-year evaluation of a social procurement market development programme in Australia, the paper identifies the shifting functions of the intermediary for buyers, suppliers and the intermediary itself, and the implications of these for understanding social innovation in emergent inter-organizational fields. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Entrepreneurship Taylor & Francis

The Role of Intermediaries in Social Innovation: The Case of Social Procurement in Australia

Journal of Social Entrepreneurship , Volume 11 (2): 21 – May 3, 2020

The Role of Intermediaries in Social Innovation: The Case of Social Procurement in Australia

Journal of Social Entrepreneurship , Volume 11 (2): 21 – May 3, 2020

Abstract

AbstractSocial procurement is receiving renewed attention in new public governance regimes that seek to increase social value by stimulating markets for social enterprises and other social benefit providers. Intermediaries have traditionally played important roles in social procurement. Yet little has been done to codify these roles. In this paper, the functions and effects of an intermediary on buyer and supplier practices in social procurement are examined. Based on a two-year evaluation of a social procurement market development programme in Australia, the paper identifies the shifting functions of the intermediary for buyers, suppliers and the intermediary itself, and the implications of these for understanding social innovation in emergent inter-organizational fields.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1942-0684
eISSN
1942-0676
DOI
10.1080/19420676.2019.1624272
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Abstract

AbstractSocial procurement is receiving renewed attention in new public governance regimes that seek to increase social value by stimulating markets for social enterprises and other social benefit providers. Intermediaries have traditionally played important roles in social procurement. Yet little has been done to codify these roles. In this paper, the functions and effects of an intermediary on buyer and supplier practices in social procurement are examined. Based on a two-year evaluation of a social procurement market development programme in Australia, the paper identifies the shifting functions of the intermediary for buyers, suppliers and the intermediary itself, and the implications of these for understanding social innovation in emergent inter-organizational fields.

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Journal of Social EntrepreneurshipTaylor & Francis

Published: May 3, 2020

Keywords: Intermediation; social procurement; field theory; social enterprise; social innovation

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