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A gathering storm? Re-tendering and the voluntary sector workforce

Cunningham, Ian and Nickson, Dennis (2011) A gathering storm? Re-tendering and the voluntary sector workforce. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24 (7). pp. 662-672. ISSN 0951-3558

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to consider the impact of the European Union procurement regulations. It assesses the impact of the re-tendering of services on the terms and conditions of employment and sense of well being, and commitment of employees in the social care sub-sector of the voluntary sector. Design/methodology/approach – The study employs a qualitative study of three organisations utilising semi-structured interviews with managers and employees. Findings – The process of re-tendering is creating intensified competition and the breakdown of co-operation between voluntary sector organisations. Re-tendering also has an impact on employee terms and conditions with related problems arising with regard to their morale and commitment. Research limitations/implications – This remains a relatively small-scale piece of research and there is also scope to consider how these issues are played out in private, as well as voluntary sector organisations. Practical implications – The research highlights the potential tensions between creating greater competition and a search for value for money in the tendering and re-tendering of services on voluntary organisations' raison d'être and the sense of commitment of employees. Originality/value – There is little research examining the human resource aspects of re-tendering and this research provides an important step in surfacing a number of emergent issues for how voluntary organisations manage the people dimension of the re-tendering process.

Item type: Article
ID code: 33166
Keywords: voluntary sector, volunteering, workforce, tendering, human resources, Management. Industrial Management, Political Science and International Relations, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 15:19
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:32
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/33166

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