The stewardship performance of forms of privatised water infrastructure

Mills, David Ernest (2014) The stewardship performance of forms of privatised water infrastructure. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In this research Agency Theory and Stewardship Theory are used to analyse the relative performance of different forms of privitisation of water infrastructure and in doing so enriches understanding of previously underdeveloped aspects of both theories. The prior Agency Theory literature had established assumptions about the behaviour of principals and agents in contracts and these were found not to be correct in the context of contracts between modern government and private organisations. Agency theory was extended to include steward-like behaviour of an agent and Stewardship Theory was developed by the identification of factors within the contractual relationship which promote the sense of responsibility to the principal. The alliance, joint venture and Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) forms of privatisation were found to achieve stewardship of the infrastructure.

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ID Code: 78660
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Bradley, Lisa, Keast, Robyn, & Brown, Kerry
Keywords: privatisation, infrastructure, Agency Theory, Stewardship Theory, Water Management
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2014 02:41
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 06:56

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