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Investigating the Sustainability Performance of PPP-Type Infrastructure Projects: A Case of China

Shengqin Zheng (), Ke Xu (), Qing He (), Shaoze Fang () and Lin Zhang ()
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Shengqin Zheng: School of Management Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China
Ke Xu: School of Management Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China
Qing He: School of Management Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China
Shaoze Fang: School of Management Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China
Lin Zhang: School of Management Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 11, 1-15

Abstract: In China, the demand for public infrastructure projects is high due to the acceleration of urbanization and the rapid growth of the economy in recent years. Infrastructures are mainly large scale, so local governments have difficulty in independently completing financing work. In this context, public sectors often seek cooperation from private sectors, in which public–private partnership (PPP) is increasingly common. Although numerous studies have concentrated on sustainable development, the unsustainability performances of infrastructures are often reported on various media. Furthermore, studies on the sustainability performances of PPP-type infrastructure (PTI) projects are few from the perspective of private sectors’ behaviors. In this study, we adopted the modified theory of planned behavior and the structure equation model and conducted a questionnaire survey with 258 respondents for analyzing the sustainable behaviors of private sectors. Results indicated that behavioral attitude, perceived behavioral control, and subjective norm interact significantly. They have direct positive effects on behavioral intention and then indirectly influence actual behavior through this intention. Actual sustainable behaviors of private sectors have significantly positive effects on the sustainable development of cities. We offer theoretical and managerial implications for public and private sectors on the basis of the findings to ensure and promote the sustainability performances of PTI projects.

Keywords: infrastructure; PPP; sustainable development; sustainable behaviors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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