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Chang, C-Y (2013) When might a project company break up? The perspective of risk-bearing capacity. Construction Management and Economics, 31(12), 1186-98.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2013.868015
  • Abstract:
    Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have developed into a mainstream alternative procurement solution for the provision of public services. The aim is to explore a crucial but hitherto ignored issue in the study of PPPs: at what point a project company might break up. The project company's two-stage break-up in the National Physical Laboratory PFI project inspired this research in which a formal model is developed to demonstrate that contract break-up decisions can be plausibly explained through quasi-rent changes. This finding brings to the foreground the importance of taking into account risk-bearing capability in the design of project governance. How to achieve a level of risk-bearing capacity through the optimal use of financial, organizational and contractual means is a research area worthy of future exploration.