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Managing public–private partnerships: a transmission pattern of underlying dynamics determining project performance

Dan Wang (College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
Xueqing Wang (College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
Mingshuai Liu (College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
Henry Liu (School of Design and the Built Environment, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia)
Bingsheng Liu (Department of Public Affairs, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China) (Department of Construction Management, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 29 July 2020

Issue publication date: 28 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The performance of public–private partnerships (PPPs) can be determined by a variety of factors, i.e. influencing factors (IFs). This study is undertaken for a purpose of identifying how such factors determine the project's performance (i.e. factor transmission patterns), particularly from the key stakeholders' perspectives.

Design/methodology/approach

A hybrid approach, which comprises a Social Network Analysis, ISM (i.e. Interpretive Structural Modeling) and an improved DEMATEL (i.e. Decision-Making Trail and Evaluation Laboratory), was developed to analyze the causal relationships between the identified IFs as well as the transmission patterns of their impacts on PPPs. Data were collected from interviews and questionnaire surveys.

Findings

The transmission patterns of the identified IFs cascade from project environment and features and stakeholders' relationship to the project company capabilities and project process. It is identified that the public authority has a higher level than that of the private entity in PPPs.

Research limitations/implications

It lacks longitudinal studies to investigate the dynamics of PPP stakeholder relationships and social networks. Future research needs to explore the transmission patterns of sub-factors affecting PPP performance and extend the applicability of the developed hybrid approach.

Practical implications

This research provides practitioners with a robust tool that is useful for and insights into enhancing the management of lifecycle performance. It ensures the public authorities and private entities embarking on PPPs will make an informed decision about the monitoring of the life cycle performance.

Originality/value

This study contributes to knowledge of managerial mechanisms that can be adopted to manage factors determining the performance of PPPs. It enables an understanding of stakeholders' roles in driving the life cycle performance of PPPs.

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Acknowledgements

Disclosure statement: No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71772136).

Citation

Wang, D., Wang, X., Liu, M., Liu, H. and Liu, B. (2021), "Managing public–private partnerships: a transmission pattern of underlying dynamics determining project performance", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 1038-1059. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-01-2020-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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