Implementing supplier diversity in the UK:SDEM as mindful policy transfer

Ram, Monder, Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas and Worthington, Ian (2006). Implementing supplier diversity in the UK:SDEM as mindful policy transfer. Working Paper. De Montfort University, Leicester (UK). (Unpublished)

Abstract

This paper draws on the policy transfer literature to examine a UK-based initiative to promote supplier diversity and provides insights to three areas neglected in current research. Namely: the dynamics of non-governmental policy transfer; the factors that mediate policy transfer in different jurisdictions; and the integration of research and practice in small business related policy transfer. To this end, an innovative action research approach is deployed with the dual purpose of effecting practical change and advancing knowledge. This comprises two phases: first, a realist analysis of the US National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), an exemplar intermediary, and second the implementation of a supplier diversity initiative modelled on NMSDC, referred to as 'Supplier Development East Midlands' (SDEM). The findings provide lessons for academics and practitioners.

Divisions: Aston Business School
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
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Authors: Ram, Monder
Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas
Worthington, Ian

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