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A qualitative study for developing a framework for implementing public–private partnerships in developing countries

Khalid Almarri (Faculty of Engineering and IT, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Bassam Abuhijleh (Faculty of Engineering and IT, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Article publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a public–private partnership (PPP) framework for newcomers from developing countries with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Design/methodology/approach

For this purpose, through the meta-analysis review of literature and applied qualitative content analysis to the international PPP best practices, the authors identified key relevant PPP processes, terminologies and vocabulary that can assist new entrants in establishing their PPP infrastructure.

Findings

The outcome was a generic best practice framework for PPP implementation that consisted of five phases which further consisted of groups of functions and sub-groups of functions. These phases are establish the PPP framework, PPP implementation, contract design, bid management and PPP contract management.

Practical implications

This framework is expected to benefit the upper management of local government departments and the federal ministries to understand the full process for local PPPs and to help them make informed decision for what to develop as PPPs and how to develop them.

Social implications

This systematic approach to the development of PPPs in the UAE is expected to increase the number of PPP tenders, as there will be more awareness on what PPPs stand for, how they balance risks, improve efficiency and effectiveness of projects, improve facilities and services, etc.

Originality/value

This framework is the first to lay the foundations for a standardised PPP practice in the UAE for practitioners.

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Citation

Almarri, K. and Abuhijleh, B. (2017), "A qualitative study for developing a framework for implementing public–private partnerships in developing countries", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 170-189. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFM-07-2016-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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