Business, Management and Education, Vol 12, No 1 (2014)

Consideration of Risk in PPP-Projects

Josef Zimmermann (Technische Universität München, Germany)
Wolfgang Eber (Technische Universität München, Germany)


Risk management has become a core competence for companies operating in construction services. In particular regarding Real Estate Development and Construction Management the fundamental knowledge and the dedicated ap- plication of risk assessment turn out to be critical. Construction Management deals with a multitude of local and temporal issues which are unknown or only given by statistical evaluation while conducting a unique construction project within a very tight frame of budget and time. Real Estate projects focus on the predictability of profitable operation for a fairly long period in advance and are therefore subject to many more and more voluminous uncertainties. With PPP-projects a more or less complete federal task is awarded to a private company. Its extent varies but com- prises at least design, construction and operation of a real estate project, e.g. a toll road, bridge, tunnel or other infrastructural object. Durations of such contracts of- ten extend to some 20 to 30 years. In this article the applicability of traditional means of risk management is inves- tigated for the use on PPP-projects and limits of risk consequences are pointed out. Finally we come to the conclusion, that the resulting unavertable risks tend to exceed every surcharge that could be successfully placed on a market.

Article in: English

Article published: 2014-06-30

Keyword(s): PPP-projects; risk management; risk evaluation; operation planning; financial planning

DOI: 10.3846/bme.2014.03

Full Text: PDF pdf



1. Competitive Precinct Projects: The Five Consistent Criticisms of “Global” Mixed-Use Megaprojects
Mike Harris
Project Management Journal  vol: 48  issue: 6  first page: 76  year: 2017  
doi: 10.1177/875697281704800607

Business, Management and Education ISSN 2029-7491, eISSN 2029-6169
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License.