Challenging complacency in construction management research: the case of PPPs

Sherratt, Fred and Sherratt, Simon and Ivory, Chris (2020) Challenging complacency in construction management research: the case of PPPs. Construction Management and Economics, 38 (12). pp. 1086-1100. ISSN 1466-433X

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Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are joint ventures in which the private sector works in partnership with government bodies to deliver public sector projects with the intention to deliver them more quickly, efficiently and with better value for money. They are also one of the most contentious project delivery mechanisms to have been mobilised in recent decades. Research has demonstrated the lack of realised value within many such projects, yet construction management academics continue to examine ways of increasing, implementing and optimising this approach in practice, even encouraging its adoption worldwide despite growing social and political dissatisfaction. Here, we go beyond what we see as myopic construction management perspectives, placing our body of work firmly within wider economic, political and social contexts. We challenge uncritical academic compliance with a process that demonstrably contributes to economic inequalities, opportunism and exploitation. We confront the lack of criticality in construction management research of PPPs, and call for construction management academics to broaden their research focus and engage in more robust critique and analysis of construction systems, as they are realised in practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Academic compliance, critical theory, Economics, PFI, PPP
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 12:35
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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