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Project-focussed literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review

Project-focussed literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review
Project-focussed literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review

Set within the context of developing countries, we conduct a state of the art systematic review of project-focussed, public-private partnership literature published between 1997 and 2021. The outcome of this review provides critical insight into trends in publication volume over time, types of projects addressed, chosen research methods, major research themes identified and their variances, but also identifies the critical challenges facing PPP projects in developing countries. More specifically, we find that for PPP projects in developing countries, the three most commonly reported challenges were ‘Appropriate risk allocation and risk-sharing’, ‘Political support’, and ‘The private sector’s financial strength’. We also find that in developing countries, factors such as ‘Compatibility and complementary skills among key parties’, ‘Competitive procurement process’, ‘Democracy’, ‘Efficient approval processes’, ‘Favourable legal framework’, and ‘Transparent and efficient procurement’ are contingent problems associated with the use of PPP in construction project delivery. The main contribution of this study resides in the detailed identification, evaluation and classification of the literature. This taxonomy provides a detailed overview and evaluation of existing literature; providing for more comprehensive appreciation of PPP.

Public-private partnership, challenges, construction projects, project management, systematic literature review
0953-7287
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Almeile, Ahmad Meile
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Almeile, Ahmad Meile, Chipulu, Maxwell, Ojiako, Udechukwu, Vahidi, Ramesh and Marshall, Alasdair (2022) Project-focussed literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review. Production Planning & Control, 1-28. (doi:10.1080/09537287.2022.2123408).

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Set within the context of developing countries, we conduct a state of the art systematic review of project-focussed, public-private partnership literature published between 1997 and 2021. The outcome of this review provides critical insight into trends in publication volume over time, types of projects addressed, chosen research methods, major research themes identified and their variances, but also identifies the critical challenges facing PPP projects in developing countries. More specifically, we find that for PPP projects in developing countries, the three most commonly reported challenges were ‘Appropriate risk allocation and risk-sharing’, ‘Political support’, and ‘The private sector’s financial strength’. We also find that in developing countries, factors such as ‘Compatibility and complementary skills among key parties’, ‘Competitive procurement process’, ‘Democracy’, ‘Efficient approval processes’, ‘Favourable legal framework’, and ‘Transparent and efficient procurement’ are contingent problems associated with the use of PPP in construction project delivery. The main contribution of this study resides in the detailed identification, evaluation and classification of the literature. This taxonomy provides a detailed overview and evaluation of existing literature; providing for more comprehensive appreciation of PPP.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 September 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 September 2022
Additional Information: Funding Information: Researchers have explored the challenges PPP projects faced in achieving best value in the UK (Akintoye et al. ) and across countries (Zhang ). Both argued the biggest challenge to achieving best value was finding an acceptable tariff level, but neither provided guidance on what was an ‘acceptable level’. Moreover, Park, Lee, and Kim () added that the political and economic issues were the biggest challenges in delivering the best value for many PPP construction projects in Korea. This outcome has been supported by (Bertelli ) who researched 4300 agreements for PPP construction projects in 83 developing economies. Furthermore, Ren et al. () argue that the main challenge to achieve the best value is sharing information between the key partners. Therefore, they developed schema to formalise the data exchange needed to support information extraction and performance measurement. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Keywords: Public-private partnership, challenges, construction projects, project management, systematic literature review

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Local EPrints ID: 472094
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/472094
ISSN: 0953-7287
PURE UUID: 9d59d3f2-45a3-4e12-97a4-e5755f637fbb
ORCID for Maxwell Chipulu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0139-6188
ORCID for Alasdair Marshall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9789-8042

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Date deposited: 25 Nov 2022 17:39
Last modified: 26 Nov 2022 02:42

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Author: Ahmad Meile Almeile
Author: Maxwell Chipulu ORCID iD
Author: Udechukwu Ojiako
Author: Ramesh Vahidi

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