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Can relational governance improve sustainability in public-private partnership infrastructure projects? An empirical study based on structural equation modeling

Bo Tian (School of Management, Jilin University, Changchun, China)
Zizhao Wang (School of Management, Jilin University, Changchun, China)
Chunhao Li (School of Management, Jilin University, Changchun, China)
Jiaxin Fu (School of Management, Jilin University, Changchun, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 11 October 2021

Issue publication date: 27 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

According to relational contract theory, relational governance has potential to improve public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure project sustainability. The main purpose of this research is to investigate the association between relational governance and the sustainability of PPP infrastructure projects. Further, this study examines the mediating effect of managerial innovation and the moderating role of public involvement.

Design/methodology/approach

Research data were collected from 158 valid questionnaires completed by Chinese PPP professionals. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was then employed to test five hypotheses.

Findings

Results indicate a positive correlation between relational governance and PPP infrastructure project sustainability. This linkage is regulated by public involvement. In addition, managerial innovation plays a mediating role between relational governance and the sustainability of PPP infrastructure projects.

Originality/value

This study verifies the relationship between relational governance and PPP infrastructure project sustainability, as well as intermediary and regulatory factors, providing a new approach to achieving sustainability in PPP infrastructure projects.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: The Humanities and Social Science Foundation of Ministry of Education of China (20YJA630028).

Citation

Tian, B., Wang, Z., Li, C. and Fu, J. (2023), "Can relational governance improve sustainability in public-private partnership infrastructure projects? An empirical study based on structural equation modeling", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 19-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-04-2021-0333

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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