Centrally administered state-owned enterprises’ engagement in China’s public–private partnerships: a social network analysis

Min Xiong, Travis A. Whetsell, Jerry Zhao, Shaoming Cheng

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Abstract

A salient characteristic of China’s public–pgrivate partnerships (PPPs) is the deep involvement of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), particularly those administered by the central/national government (CSOEs). In this research social network analysis (SNA) was used to examine the role of different actors in transport and environmental protection PPPs in China in the period 2012–17. The results largely confirm the resource-based view and resource-dependency theory, showing that while CSOEs are dominant in both sectors, their dominance and control is greatest in transport sector projects that are more dependent on their accumulated experience, expertise, human capital assets and managemgent skills, that their dominance has increased over time, and that it is aligned with the provincial distribution of Chinese CSOEs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-318
Number of pages23
JournalArea Development and Policy
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Florida International University Graduate School Doctoral Evidence Acquisition Fellowship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Regional Studies Association.

Keywords

  • H30, H41, H57, L2, O23
  • public–private partnerships
  • resource-based view
  • resource-dependency theory
  • social network analysis
  • state-owned enterprises

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