Using the Alliance Form for Operation and Maintenance of Privatized Infrastructures

Mills, David E. (2015) Using the Alliance Form for Operation and Maintenance of Privatized Infrastructures. In Engineering asset management-systems, professional practices and certification: Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management and 3rd International Conference on Utility Management and Safety [Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineerin, Springer, Hong Kong, pp. 229-239.

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Abstract

A significant number of privatizations utilized to operate and maintain critical networked infrastructures have failed to meet contractual expectations and the expectations of the community. The author carried out empirical research ex-ploring four urban water systems. This research revealed that of the four forms of privatization the alliance form was particularly suited to the stewardship of an ur-ban water system. The question then is whether these findings from urban water can be generalised to O&M of infrastructure generally. The answer is increasingly important as governments seek financial sustainability through reapplying the contestability strategy and outsource and privatise further services and activities. This paper first examines the issues encountered with O & M privatisations. Second the findings as to the stewardship achieved by the four case study water systems are unpacked with particular focus upon the alliance form. Third the key variables which were found to have distinct causal links to the stewardship-like behaviour of the private participants in the Alliance case study are described. Fourth the variables which may be crucial to the successful application of the alliance form to the broader range of infrastructures are separated out. Fifth this paper then sets the path for research into these crucial features of the alliance form.

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ID Code: 74043
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Privatisation, alliances, stewerdship, partnerships, water, case studies, infrastructure
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09507-3_21
ISBN: 978-3-319-09506-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2014 04:37
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 05:37

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