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Technological innovation in PPPs: incentives, opportunities and actions


  • Roine Leiringer


From a construction perspective, Public-Private Partnership projects (PPPs) are often credited as providing real incentives for the actors involved as well as a business environment that is conducive to innovation and improved practices. The validity of four common rhetorical arguments used to promote the PPP procurement route is explored: collaborative working, design freedom, long-term commitment and risk transfer. Particular interest is given to the extent to which espoused intentions correlate with experienced realities in allowing actors involved in the design and construction phases to be presented with, and able to exploit, opportunities for technological innovation. It is argued that there is reason to be cautious in fully accepting the purported benefits of the PPP framework and that the arguments often presented need to be revised. Alternative interpretations are provided.

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  • Roine Leiringer, 2006. "Technological innovation in PPPs: incentives, opportunities and actions," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(3), pages 301-308.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:24:y:2006:i:3:p:301-308
    DOI: 10.1080/01446190500435028

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    1. Yan Shigang & Liu Guozhi, 2017. "Competitive Strategy, Market Entry Mode and International Performance: The Case of Construction Firms in China," Business and Management Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 3(1), pages 1-9, March.
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    3. Jan Bröchner, 2010. "Innovation in Construction," Chapters,in: The Handbook of Innovation and Services, chapter 31 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Manley, Karen, 2008. "Against the odds: Small firms in Australia successfully introducing new technology on construction projects," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 1751-1764, December.
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    6. Athena Roumboutsos & Stéphane Saussier, 2014. "Public-private partnerships and investments in innovation: the influence of the contractual arrangement," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(4), pages 349-361, April.
    7. Liyin Shen & Vivian W.Y. Tam & Lin Gan & Kunhui Ye & Zongnan Zhao, 2016. "Improving Sustainability Performance for Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Projects," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(3), pages 1-15, March.
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