Cleantech: State of the Art and Implications for Public Procurement

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This paper explores opportunities for utilising cleantech in framing research on sustainability-oriented innovations in public procurement. Research objectives include a critical examination of whether cleantech is a
distinct sector through a systematic literature review and synthesis of findings with public procurement research. The final analysis involved 31 peer reviewed academic papers along with additional publications obtained
with the snowball-approach. The results suggest that cleantech could be
used to analyse sustainability related research in the public procurement
context. Cleantech is also helpful in enhancing research on public procurement of innovations and addressing societal benefits through local development. Findings unveil new opportunities in investigating better access of smes to public contracts through intermediaries, networks, and
public-private partnerships. This paper is the first academic paper to analyse academic cleantech literature and link cleantech and public procurement fields. Such an approach is helpful in framing sustainability in public
procurement research and stresses new ways of involving smes in public
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalManaging Global Transitions
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)185-207
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 08.09.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • cleantech
  • innovation
  • public procurement
  • sustainability


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