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After Carillion: the function of procurement in public projects

The post-Carillion debates must consider the effectiveness of local authority procurement strategies Recent concerns over the financial health of Capita and the collapse of Carillion has called into question the effectiveness of procurement processes in government contracts aimed at delivering the lowest cost to the public sector. Our research on large scale projects called into question the received wisdom of … Continue reading

20 March 2018 by
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Outsourcing firms and the paradox of time travel

Analysis of Carillion’s accounts reveals the complex interplay between the firm’s present and future, and sheds new light on which other large outsourcing firms are ‘levered on the future’ In the 1985 film ‘Back To The Future’, the hero Marty McFly travels back in time, accidentally becomes embroiled in his parents’ lives and almost causes them to split, threatening the … Continue reading

12 February 2018 by
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Out of time: The fragile temporality of Carillion’s accumulation model

Carillion is the epitome of the modern financialized firm and its liquidation tells us much about risk in this phase of financialization Look anywhere on Carillion’s website and we see metaphors for its supposed tangibility and strength, from the way it advertises its Tarmac Group heritage to its list of construction achievements which in fact precede its inception. The website … Continue reading

17 January 2018 by
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