Gender issues in procurement

A review of current themes and future research directions




gender, public procurement, company procurement, literature review


This paper provides a comprehensive literature review of gender-related themes in procurement research, tracing their evolution over time. Analysis of 45 peer-reviewed articles focusing on both company and public procurement reveals the trends in publication focus, publishing frequency, top journals, key authors, keywords used, similarities between the public and the private sector, etc. Additionally, the paper highlights four major themes of existing gender-related issues addressed in the literature: the glass ceiling effect, team diversity, supplier diversity and skill sets. The study also suggests potential areas for future research in this field. Importantly, the article emphasizes the social significance of gender-related considerations in procurement research, particularly in light of the growing importance of socially responsible procurement for promoting sustainability objectives.


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Author Biographies

Dibya Rathi, Corvinus University of Budapest

PhD student

Gyöngyi Vörösmarty, Corvinus University of Budapest

associate professor

Tünde Tátrai, Corvinus University of Budapest



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How to Cite

Rathi, D., Vörösmarty, G., & Tátrai, T. (2023). Gender issues in procurement: A review of current themes and future research directions. Vezetéstudomány Budapest Management Review, 54(11), 40–51.




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