Review of studies on the critical success factors for public-private partnership (PPP) projects from 1990 to 2013

Robert Osei-Kyei, Ping Chuen Chan

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The Critical Success Factors for Public-Private Partnership is a major research interest worldwide therefore this paper aims to methodically review studies on the CSFs for implementing PPP from some selected top tier academic journals from 1990 to 2013 (years inclusive). The search results indicated an increased research interest in the exploration of PPP CSFs since 1990. The mostly identified CSFs are risk allocation and sharing, strong private consortium, political support, community/public support and transparent procurement. It was further noticed that Australia, the U.K., China and Hong Kong have been the countries of focus for most research studies on PPP CSFs. Finally the research approaches adopted are case study, questionnaire survey and mixed methods. The findings revealed provide an overview of CSFs for PPPs in order to enhance future implementations. Moreover a checklist of CSFs for PPPs has been developed, which could be adopted for further empirical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1335-1346
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015


  • Critical success factors
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Publications
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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