Examining Critical Factors Affecting Knowledge Transfer in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects

  • T. T. Liu
  • Y. C. Wang
Conference paper


Knowledge transfer plays a significant role in smooth development of PPP programs. This research aims to identify the critical factors for improving knowledge transfer processes in PPP projects. Based on a thorough literature search and an empirical questionnaire survey, this research showed the critical factors are: (1) knowledge-related factors such as articulability of knowledge; (2) capability-related factors including experience of PPP teams, reliability of knowledge source, and innovation capability of PPP teams; (3) PPP projects-related factors such as political support, and support from experts. (4) culture-related factors including rewards & incentives, concern & trust, communication & collaboration, and learning culture. This research provides useful reference for organizations involved in PPPs on how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge transfer. It also sets out directions for practitioners to design mechanisms and processes so that the knowledge accumulated in previous projects can be better captured and applied in future PPPs.


Public-private partnerships (PPPs) Knowledge transfer Critical factors 



The authors would like to thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China for financially supporting this research (Grant No.: 71502011). It is also supported by the Fundamental Funds for Humanities and Social Sciences of Beijing Jiaotong University (Grant No.: 2015jbwj013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementBeijing Jiaotong UniversityBeijingChina

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