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Risk perception in performance based contracts and the influence of experience

Andreas Herbert Glas (Department of Procurement and Supply Management, Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Neubiberg, Germany)
Clarissa Raithel (Department of Procurement and Supply Management, Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Neubiberg, Germany)
Michael Essig (Department of Procurement and Supply Management, Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Neubiberg, Germany)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 6 March 2019

Abstract

Purpose

In performance-based contracting (PBC), the provider is paid according to outcomes for its customer, and therefore assumes responsibility for customer risks. Previous studies have revealed that risk exposure is a fundamental influencing factor. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to analyze how previous experience with PBC influences the perception of risks.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is based on a cross-industry study. Factor analysis and discriminant analysis are used to reveal to what extent experience influences PBC risk factors.

Findings

It is confirmed that risk perception differs significantly according to previous PBC experience. Thus, significant learning effects are identified in the PBC context.

Research limitations/implications

Experiential learning in PBC can explain entry barriers to PBC faced by new buyers with low levels of experience. Although the internal validity of the sample is high, as all analyzed cases represent PBC buying companies, there are limitations related to external validity.

Practical implications

To manage risks this study provides a structure (12 risks, 3 aggregated factors), which could be used for risk evaluation and strategic and operative risk management. Other implications recommend, e.g., to collaborate with a PBC “veteran” when entering into PBC, as this boosts the level of PBC-related experience.

Originality/value

The findings of this study contribute to identifying PBC risks through the explorative statistical assessment of these PBC risk factors.

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Citation

Glas, A.H., Raithel, C. and Essig, M. (2019), "Risk perception in performance based contracts and the influence of experience", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 68 No. 6, pp. 1078-1101. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-03-2018-0123

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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