Collective learning in strategic Public Private Partnership (PPP) procurement systems for social infrastructure
Since 2010, at the heart of the Global Financial Crisis, several public policies became subject to critical scrutiny by UK’s coalition and Conservative Party governments: the effectiveness of complex strategic Public Private Partnership (PPP) procurement systems, and the delivery of whole-life Value for Money and Environmental Sustainability of social infrastructure assets. Research in these areas is significant because the use of strategic PPP investment vehicles in delivering portfolios of social infrastructure is a relatively new phenomenon, both in the UK and globally.
The work comprises a critical evaluation of strategic procurement systems for delivering social infrastructure, called Local Education Partnerships (LEP), as part of the highly ambitious Building Schools for the Future programme in England that commenced in 2003 and was summarily cancelled in 2010.
This research examines a perceived lack of clarity regarding the systemic way in which organizations involved in strategic partnerships in construction can learn collectively and how this effects their performance. For that reason, a conceptual learning framework called the “Asset Value Enhancement Model” (AVEM) is introduced and discussed using elements of systems thinking, continuous improvement and Total Quality Management. It embeds collective learning over time by key participants involved in a long-term PPP, as the underlying assets travel through their lifecycle. The circular nature of AVEM calls for joint commitment, shared culture and aligned communication to cultivate ongoing value to the public and steady returns to the private sector, beyond merely project specific improvement.
Using a mixed method, comprising of both quantitative and qualitative elements, the research explores how organizations involved in LEPs arrange themselves and learn collectively to deliver a portfolio of schools, and meet key contracted criteria for whole-life Value for Money and Environmental Sustainability. Based on the analyses using the AVEM, learning collectively shows to be a crucial factor for performance improvement.
- Publications and other work
- Vermeer, D. 2016. A Learning Framework for Strategic Partnering in Construction: The Asset Value Enhancement Model. Proceedings RICS COBRA Conference 2016, Toronto (Canada).
- Vermeer, D., Edkins, A., Mumovic, D. 2015. Appraising the Value for Money and environmental sustainability performance of schools procured through strategic frameworks. Proceedings RICS COBRA Conference 2015, Sydney (Australia).
- Vermeer, D., Edkins, A., Mumovic, D. 2015. Appraising schools procured through strategic frameworks using a selection of environmental sustainability and resilience criteria[pdf]. Proceedings ANDROID Doctoral Workshop, International Building Resilience Conference 2015, Newcastle (Australia).
- Vermeer, D., Edkins, A., Mumovic, D. 2015. Appraising the performance of schools procured through strategic frameworks using a selection of Value for Money criteria. IRNOP Conference 2015, Doctoral Workshop, UCL, London.
- Vermeer, D., Otter den, A., Schaefer, W. 2008. The use of a Value Enhancement Matrix for analysing projects of the ‘BSF’ programme on performance requirements. Proceedings W102 of Joint CIB Conference 2008, Helsinki (Finland), pp.130-142.
- Vermeer, D. 2007. The effectiveness of performance requirements in ‘BSF’ projects in England. IPMA World Congress 2007. Awarded 'IPMA Outstanding Research Contribution of a Young Researcher 2007’ Cracow (Poland), June 2007.