Call for Papers

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Public-Private Partnership Conference Series CBS-Sauder-Monash

Call for papers for the second joint conference in

Vancouver, 12-14 June 2013

Attendance by invitation only

Series organizers:

Anthony Boardman, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada;  Carsten Greve, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; and Graeme Hodge, Monash University, Australia


Public-private partnerships have been an increasingly popular method of delivering public infrastructure around the globe over the past two decades. They have also been as controversial as they have been innovative, and whilst their popularity has waned recently in countries such as the UK and Ireland, they are still very much on the political agenda in many other countries.

This conference is the second in a series of three international conferences; the first was in Copenhagen in 2012 and the third will be in Melbourne in 2014.  The conference organizers are Carsten Greve, Anthony Boardman and Graeme Hodge (editors of the 2010 International Handbook on Public-Private Partnerships, published by Edward Elgar).  These conferences will bring global and local scholars together with personnel from both the public and private sectors in order to examine PPPs; articulate the strengths and weaknesses of this reform; weigh up the empirical evidence against theoretical advantages; examine aspects of this reform which work best from evidence to date; and assess the conditions under which PPP could indeed be economically advantageous for governments, citizens and for business. The conference series will aim to join together the best international scholarly knowledge together with real world policy and practitioner skills so that conference discussions are relevant and vital for local PPP practitioners in policy and implementation.

Planned attendance numbers are around 20-40 people and attendance is through invitation. One outcome of these three conferences will be an edited volume that will disseminate the key findings from session papers.

This conference series will be unified through our joint interest in PPP matters, but each conference will have a slightly different focus.  This conference will have the theme of ‘political economy and business strategy’.

2013: Vancouver Conference Theme– Political Economy and Business Strategy

Papers for this conference should focus on issues such as:

  • Goals and strategies of private-sector and/or government partners
  • Political strategies
  • The role of government PPP managing and contracting agencies
  • The political economy of risk taking
  • On-going contract monitoring and negotiation
  • Global best practices: stories and case examples from the frontline

Conference Resourcing

These conferences will be financed by the CBS-Sauder foundation, the CBS Public-Private Platform, Sauder School of Business, Phelps Center for the Study of Government and Business, Monash University and other sources. Costs for accommodation, meals and materials will be covered for all invited participants. Airfares will only be covered for a limited number of persons, and will depend on budget availability. There is no conference registration fee.

Abstract Submission

An abstract of less than 400 words should be submitted to Anthony Boardman at before 1 March 2013. Full papers will be due by 1 June 2013.

Prof Carsten Greve

Department of Business and Politics

Copenhagen Business School


Prof Anthony Boardman

Sauder School of Business

Vancouver, Canada


Prof Graeme Hodge,

Monash University,

Melbourne, Australia