Title: Improving public-private partnership project procurement, addressing major shortfalls in the standard-form contract

Authors: Amin Alvanchi; Seyed Mohammad Taghi Hosseini; Mohamad Hosein Nili-Ahmadabad; Amir AmiriDiba

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering, The Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Civil Engineering, The Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Civil Engineering, The Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Civil Engineering, The Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Standard-form contracts facilitate the sophisticated public-private partnership (PPP) procurement process. Special care should be taken during the preparation of these documents since any remaining flaws affect subsequent projects. Reviewing the standard-form contract capabilities after its application help to identify its major flaws and improve the contract clauses. This research proposed a novel structured method to address this need and verified its capability. In the proposed method, a comprehensive list of risks is first created for the PPP projects in the specified project environment. The identified risks are prioritised to highlight the priority of the required adjustments in the contract, contractual responses to all risks are then assessed, and improvements are recommended through a novel expert consensus approach. The method was applied to the PPP standard-form contract in Iran. Among 21 identified risks, nine contract risk responses were found reasonable, nine risk responses were found partial, no contract risk response was found for three risks.

Keywords: PPP project; contract risk response; standard-form contract; risk prioritisation; Iran.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2020.10029758

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2020 Vol.13 No.4, pp.482 - 506

Received: 31 Jan 2019
Accepted: 17 Apr 2019

Published online: 21 Jul 2020 *

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