On the contribution of public procurement to entrepreneurship and small business policy

Preuss, Lutz (2011) On the contribution of public procurement to entrepreneurship and small business policy. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23 (9-10). pp. 787-814. ISSN 0898-5626

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Public procurement in industrialized nations accounts for a significant share of gross domestic product; hence it is imperative for local, regional and national economic development to utilize this potential. However, previous discussions of entrepreneurship and small business policy have by and large marginalized public sector procurement. As a contribution to giving greater salience to the linkages between regional development, entrepreneurship and public procurement, this paper presents empirical results of a qualitative study into local government authorities in the United Kingdom. In particular, it draws out a range of enablers and barriers for sourcing from small- and medium-sized enterprises that were perceived by procurement managers. The focus on public sector procurement furthermore leads to a more systematic theoretical elaboration of entrepreneurship policy as being based on legal authority or the market or network effects from geographic proximity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Business development, Economic development, Entrepreneur, Gross Domestic Product, Industrial policy, Local government, Public sector, Regional development, Small and medium-sized enterprise, United Kingdom
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 09:05
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 09:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63836
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