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RSM Seminar | Prof Jo Barraket

RSM Seminar | Prof Jo Barraket

Presenter: Professor Jo Barraket, Distinguished Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne University

Abstract: Social procurement refers to utilising spending to stimulate the creation of social value. While there is a long history of social procurement to deliver welfare services, advance equal opportunity, and diversify economies, these practices have received new attention in new public governance regimes that seek to increase social innovation by stimulating markets for social enterprises and other social benefit providers. Intermediaries – particularly civil society organisations that build capacity and connect suppliers to purchasers – have traditionally played important roles in social procurement. Yet little has been done to codify the functions of intermediaries in advancing social innovation through social procurement. In this presentation, I examine the functions and effects of intermediation on buyer and supplier practices in social procurement. Based on a two-year evaluation of a social procurement market development program offered by a leading social enterprise intermediary in Australia, I consider the shifting functions of the intermediary for buyers, suppliers and the intermediary itself, and the implications of these for understanding social innovation in emergent inter-organisational fields.

Biography:  Professor Jo Barraket is University Distinguished Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne, which is the largest social economy research centre in the world. A political sociologist, Barraket is Australia’s premier researcher of social enterprise and social innovation, with her research focused on both the macro policy conditions that enable the field and the micro and meso level impacts of organisational practice. She has led or co-led more than $9.5 million in funded research, including six ARC grants and multiple large-scale commissioned projects. Barraket has authored more than 70 publications in her areas of expertise, is a regular advisor to Australian governments, and occasional commissioned advisor to the OECD and T20.

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