International Journal of Construction Management Special Issue Call for Papers

Public-Private Partnership: Strategic Issues and the Way Forward

International Journal of Construction Management

International Journal of Construction Management invites research papers on the above theme for inclusion in a “special issue” to be published in 2020.

Aim and scope

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) evolved in the early 1990’s and since its emergence, many governments are increasing adopting this policy. In fact, PPP has now become the tool for many governments in both developed and developing countries to develop modernized and sustainable public infrastructure. Further, some governments consider it as means to bridge their huge infrastructure gaps. One key feature that distinct PPP from the traditional procurement model is its long-term relationship and risk sharing. Unlike the traditional-bid build projects, risks in PPP projects are equitably shared among parties, preferably to the one with better mitigation techniques for the risks. Essentially, since the evolution of the PPP concept, countries including the U.K., Australia and Canada have developed their markets whereas others are locked up in developing the fundamentals of the policy.

The body of knowledge in PPPs are still emerging, with many strategic issues including relationship management, sustainability, unsolicited proposal management, private sector bidding cost, capacity development and innovative financing not been properly examined and consolidated, which add up to the existing implementation adversities. Considering the increasing adoption of the PPP concept for infrastructure development by governments, there is therefore the need to reconsider and evaluate the inherent strategic and policy issues of PPPs.

This Special Issue aims to provide a medium to consolidate and disseminate the current inherent strategic and policy issues involved in PPP project implementation. Further, it calls for thorough analysis and evaluation of the strategic development areas and the way forward for PPP practice and implementation.

Topics for papers

This special issue is defined to address any research and development agenda of Public-Private Partnerships. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Relationship management in PPPs
  • Stakeholder management for PPPs
  • Specific issues on Transnational PPPs
  • Innovative financing and Insurance for PPPs
  • Unsolicited PPP proposals
  • Capacity development for PPPs
  • Barriers, Key performance Indicators, Drivers and Critical Success Factors for PPPs
  • Sustainability Assessment in PPPs
  • Selection models for PPPs
  • Maturity models for PPPs
  • Risk assessment and allocation for PPPs
  • Legal issues and Dispute resolution mechanisms for PPPs
  • Cost and Value Management in PPPs
  • Transaction Costs in PPPs
  • Methodologies for assessing the suitability of PPPs
  • Use of Smart Technologies in PPPs
  • Innovation in PPPs
  • Lifecycle assessment for PPPs
  • Contract Negotiations in PPPs

Submission Guidelines

Authors must follow carefully the Instructions for Authors. All papers will go through an initial screening. After positive feedback from the guest editors, those papers selected for further consideration will be invited for online submission here. Papers will then undergo a double-blind review process with engaging multiple reviewers. All queries should be addressed to the guest editors

Editorial information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Albert P.C. Chan, Chair Professor and Head, Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (albert.chan@polyu.edu.hk)
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Robert Osei-Kyei, Lecturer, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Sydney Australia (r.osei-kyei@westernsydney.edu.au)