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Effectiveness of procurement regulation

  • Project Name: Effectiveness of procurement policy regulation
  • Macquarie University research team:
Chris Wright
Dr Chris F. Wright

Project Summary

The effectiveness of procurement as a mechanism for regulating employment standards

The capacity of workers to negotiate decent conditions is often contingent not only on their relationships with their employer, but also on the commercial clients of their employers. Procurement has become an increasingly important mechanism for regulating employment standards among firms supplying goods and services to other firms, but the effectiveness of this mechanism has been questioned. This project examines the use of procurement to influence employment standards across three different aspects (or varieties) of inter-organisational relationships: the procurement practices of government departments; the strategies used by large private sector organisations to manage outsourced aspects of their business operations; and the management of employment conditions in international production systems.

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