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Method selection: a conceptual framework for public sector PPP selection

Nan Zhao (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Fei Ying (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 13 September 2018

Issue publication date: 11 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish a conceptual framework to assist decision makers in identifying an appropriate decision-supporting method (DSM) to evaluate public-private partnership (PPP) contract types in a disciplined and systematic manner.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review was conducted to compare and analyse DSMs in construction procurement processes, and explore the benefits and limitations of using DSMs. A conceptual framework is then developed to accommodate client characteristics when selecting DSM in a PPP context. An example was obtained to illustrate the implementation of the proposed framework.

Findings

DSMs employed in the procurement method selection are identified by using a systemic literature review. The benefits and limitations of each DSM are established and comparisons of DSMs are provided to fit the client characteristics and a conceptual framework is developed to assist decision makers in choosing DSM for contract selection.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates a link between DSMs and PPP contracts which adds value at the stage of PPP contract evaluation. Also, the proposed framework sheds some light on an important aspect of the public sector to consider the improvement of current policies (PPP framework/guideline).

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Citation

Zhao, N. and Ying, F. (2019), "Method selection: a conceptual framework for public sector PPP selection", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 214-232. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-01-2018-0018

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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