Sustainability Through Green Procurement: Interplay Between Leadership and Institutional Pressures

M., Waris and Ullah, Mehfooz and Lee, Chia Kuang (2019) Sustainability Through Green Procurement: Interplay Between Leadership and Institutional Pressures. In: The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences EpSBS: ICBSI 2018 - International Conference on Business Sustainability and Innovation , 17-19 October 2018 , Bayan Baru, Penang, Malaysia. pp. 196-205., LXV. ISSN 2357-1330

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Green Procurement is an emerging theme in the construction industry across the globe. However, construction firms often find it difficult to integrate sustainability performance indicators in construction projects especially in procurement. Literature shows that the construction industry has frequently encountered the disapproval of the regulatory authorities for neglecting or evading environmental regulations and it is particularly criticized for ignoring sustainability concerns in the procurement process. Therefore, in response to mounting institutional pressures, green procurement is emerging as a key strategic option for improving overall sustainability in construction industry. However, there is still much to be done as the research studies on green procurement identified that this strategy is not showing constant outcomes across the organizations owing to the organizational factors which impede or support in translating the green procurement strategy into practice at the organizational level. Therefore, through extensive review of the relevant literature, this study employs the theoretical lens of institutional theory in conjunction with transformational leadership to explore their role in enabling green procurement in construction firms. A hypothetical framework is thus proposed to analyse the role of transformational leadership in channelizing the institutional pressures for a pragmatic implementation of green procurement while effectively managing the inevitable change process at organizational level.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, project management, green procurement, transformational leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Industrial Management
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 06:28
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 06:28
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