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Comparative performance of healthcare and transport PFI projects: Empirical study on the influence of key factors

Henjewele, Christian; Sun, Ming; Fewings, Peter

Authors

Christian Henjewele christian2.henjewele@uwe.ac.uk

Ming Sun ming.sun@uwe.ac.uk

Peter Fewings peter.fewings@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has been used on many projects in the UK in the delivery of public services. Supporters of PFI credit improved project performance to the superior skills of the private sector. So far, there are limited empirical studies on the life cycle performance of PFI projects, especially performance comparison between different sectors. This study investigated and compared
variations in costs, time, and client requirements from the strategic business case stage through to the operational phase in healthcare and transport sectors. It explored the influence of sector-specific factors, project size and maturity of the PFI on these variations. It used documentary analysis of full business cases of five PFI projects and a questionnaire survey of 44 PFI projects in the UK. The findings reveal that there are still considerable cost and times overruns and requirements changes in PFI project in both sectors. The health sector outperformed the transport sector in time overruns but
underperformed on costs. Smaller-value projects outperformed larger projects on costs variations but
underperformed on time.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal International Journal of Project Management
Print ISSN 0263-7863
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 77-87
APA6 Citation Henjewele, C., Sun, M., & Fewings, P. (2014). Comparative performance of healthcare and transport PFI projects: Empirical study on the influence of key factors. International Journal of Project Management, 32(1), 77-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.008
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.008
Keywords private finance initiatives, variations, value for money, PFI maturity
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.008




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