Public procurement of local authorities in the Netherlands: a case of breaking tradition for a more strategic approach?!


Boes, Hans and Dorée, André (2008) Public procurement of local authorities in the Netherlands: a case of breaking tradition for a more strategic approach?! In: 24th ARCOM conference, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK.

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Abstract:The use of integrated contracts / innovative procurement has been a subject of debate
and research in the Netherlands for the last decade and has subsequently resulted in a
large research programme investigating the reform of the construction industry. At
the end of the 1990"s an “Innovative Procurement” (IP) programme was implemented
to increase the use of integrated contract forms. This programme was adopted by the
state agencies Rijkswaterstaat, ProRail and the Rijksgebouwendienst. For these organisations
integrated contracts are the staring point for their procurement strategy
and implementation. However, local authorities appear cautious to change their traditional
tendering policy towards a more strategic outsourcing policy. Several studies
have been conducted, targeting/investigating changes to procurement policy over time
within municipalities. The results of studies so far relating to the use of different contract
forms and barriers for implementation by local authorities will be presented.
The results show little change in policy and implementation during the last decade.
Currently only a few local authorities are moving away from traditional procurement
methods to using a more strategic outsourcing approach. The majority appear to be
using more integrated contract forms in an experimental/incidental way but not strategically.
Also, despite experiencing various problems with traditional contract forms,
the aspiration to change policy and implementation is absent. The responsible managers
therefore choose a cautious and habitual approach. Yet, there is some positive
movement. Due to – national - pressure on local authorities, they seem to be open to
a more strategic outsourcing and tendering policy. The evaluation and discussion
subsequently focuses on how a more strategic approach can be implemented given the
influence of the different decision makers
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