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Does the bundling of O&M and lifecycle costs in PPP lead to superior performance? A comparison of PPP and traditionally procured schools in Ireland – Cian O’Shea

Fri, 30 Apr 2021

The 2021 KBS Spring Series continues Tuesday 4th May at 1:00 p.m. with a seminar by Cian O’Shea.  The seminar format is informal and interactive facilitating discussion and Q&A and will take place on MS  Teams Click here to join the meeting   The title and abstract are below

Does the bundling of O&M and lifecycle costs in PPP lead to superior performance? A comparison of PPP and traditionally procured schools in Ireland – Cian O’Shea

Abstract: The fundamental rationale for the use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) is that they can provide a superior alternative to conventional approaches to procuring infrastructure that have a history of cost inefficiencies and time overruns. Much of the literature and commentary on PPP proposes that it provides a mechanism for achieving greater efficiency, value for money, and improved innovation compared to traditional procurement. Despite the claims, there remains a paucity of studies comparing how PPPs perform relative to more conventional procurement, particularly after the contracts have been agreed (ex-post). This study builds on our previous research (O’Shea et al. 2019) by focusing explicitly on the ex-post operational performance of Ireland’s longest-running School PPP project. Using a comparative case study approach, we seek to compare the performance of Ireland’s first bundle of PPP Schools with a representative sample of traditionally procured schools.

All are warmly welcome, further information on the KBS Spring series can be found at https://www.ul.ie/business/research/research-events