Document Type

Conference Paper


Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Construction engineering

Publication Details

Proceedings of COBRA 2008 - The construction and building research conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Technological University of Dublin, 4-5 September 2008


This paper sets out to identify barriers to greater use of innovation in PPP projects. Using a series of in-depth interviews with participants on two closely related PPP projects, data were gathered and analysed to compare the success of the projects in relation to innovation. The views of the participants relating to the approach to innovation were recorded and were examined relative to the views on innovation expressed in published documentation relating to these projects. The research showed that two different types of innovation could be identified – namely cost reducing innovation and product enhancing innovation. It also showed that, despite a stated desire to introduce both types of innovation, the systems that are in place for procuring PPP are focused only on achieving innovation objectives of the cost reduction variety.