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The role of contracting strategies in social value implementation

Awuzie, BO; McDermott, P

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BO Awuzie


There has been an increasing demand for social value (SV) implementation to assume a cardinal position in the infrastructure delivery efforts of infrastructure client organisations (ICOs). However, whereas successful implementation has been recorded in some projects, monumental failures have also been recorded in others. This variance in implementation performance is a cause for concern. The mode of governance applied in an infrastructure delivery endeavour has been identified as capable of influencing the implementation of SV. This observation makes imperative an investigation into the role of contracting strategies – an integral part of governance modes – adopted by ICOs on SV implementation performance. This is the aim of this study. Using a case study approach, three infrastructure projects which used different contracting strategies were selected from two different countries, the UK and Nigeria. Semistructured interviews were conducted with ICO representatives on these projects and subsequently analysed using qualitative content analysis. Findings confirmed that the kind of contract adopted by ICOs influenced their ability to drive the successful implementation of desirable SV objectives through their supply chain. It is therefore recommended that ICOs ensure that the selected contracting strategies are capable of ensuring successful implementation of the desired objectives.


Awuzie, B., & McDermott, P. (2016). The role of contracting strategies in social value implementation. Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law, 169(3), 106-114.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 5, 2015
Publication Date Feb 16, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2016
Journal Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law
Print ISSN 1751-4304
Electronic ISSN 1751-4312
Publisher Thomas Telford
Volume 169
Issue 3
Pages 106-114
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4Awuzie, B & McDermott, P. (2016) ICE SPECIAL ISSUE PAPER 10082015.pdf (534 Kb)

4Awuzie, B & McDermott, P. (2016) ICESocialValuempl1500024_offprint.pdf (290 Kb)

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