Call For Papers: Public-Private Partnerships From Start To Finish

Logo NIGAfter a successful first meeting at last year’s Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) Annual Work Conference, Erik-Hans Klijn, Anne-Marie Reynaers, and I are organizing another panel at this year’s conference. The NIG Annual Work Conference will take place in Nijmegen, on the 5th and 6th of November, 2014. This second NIG panel meeting on PPPs aims to continue the discussion on the results of Public-Private Partnerships, and on how the results might be studied and improved. A pressing question is how partnerships can be organized and managed in a smart way, such that they achieve their intended results. Of importance in this respect is also the relationship between PPP planning and organization, and their implementation. Due to the complexity and networked nature of the projects, good intentions can easily fail in implementation. This raises questions such as: how do partners maintain good rapport in implementation when pressure and stress increases? And: how are stakeholders to be involved in implementation? Scholars suggested that project planning requires open-system approaches to create support and cooperation, and that implementation requires more project management, closed system approaches; however, research has also indicated that closer stakeholder involvement and interaction in implementation yield better results (e.g., Verweij, 2015). The panel welcomes (critical) papers that deal with these and related questions. More information about the conference and submission deadlines can be found on the website of the NIG. The call for papers can be downloaded here.