Empirical comparison of critical success factors for public-private partnerships in developing and developed countries A case of Ghana and Hong Kong

Robert Osei-Kyei, Ping Chuen Chan

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate the similarities and differences of critical success factors (CSFs) for public-private partnership (PPP) projects in developing and developed countries, using Ghana and Hong Kong as examples. Design/methodology/approach - An empirical questionnaire survey was conducted with experienced PPP practitioners in Ghana and Hong Kong. Survey responses were analysed using Kendall's concordance analysis, mean score ranking, quartile groupings analysis and Mann-Whitney U test. Findings - The results indicate that a favourable legal and regulatory framework is very critical in both jurisdictions. Further, technology transfer, technological innovation, public/community participation and coordination and government providing financial support are of low importance in both jurisdictions. The non-parametric test shows that 16 CSFs are of different importance in Ghana and Hong Kong. Specifically, CSFs related to the socio-political and economic conditions of PPP projects are very critical in Ghana, whereas CSFs directly related to the organisation and relationship of PPP projects are very critical in Hong Kong. Originality/value - The outputs of this study add to the international best practice framework for successful PPP implementation. Further, international private investors and governments who are yet to adopt the PPP concept would be considerably informed of the investment strategies to employ when engaging in PPP arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1222-1245
Number of pages24
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Critical success factors
  • Developed countries
  • Developing countries
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • Public-private partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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