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Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Built Environment

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The barriers to entry into the PFI market


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Title:The barriers to entry into the PFI market
Author(s):EKENE I. EZULIKE, (Project and Construction Management Group, School of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK), JOHN G. PERRY, (Project and Construction Management Group, School of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK), KAMEL HAWWASH, (Project and Construction Management Group, School of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK)
Citation:EKENE I. EZULIKE, JOHN G. PERRY, KAMEL HAWWASH, (1997) "The barriers to entry into the PFI market", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 4 Iss: 3, pp.179 - 193
Keywords:Barriers to entry, Construction contractors, PFI market, Private Finance Initiative
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb021047 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This paper reports early results of a study of construction contractors and their experiences of the PFI market. Utilizing material from semi-structured interviews with three categories of construction contractor, small, medium and large, consideration is given to the barriers to entry which contractors face when approaching the PFI market. The paper highlights six barriers of entry: lack of appropriate skills; high participation costs; high project values; high risk; lack of credibility and contacts; and demands on management time. These barriers affect the three categories of construction contractor in different ways. The findings suggest that the larger the contractor, the more able it is to overcome these barriers and to compete in the PFI market. The findings also suggest that certain barriers to entry will decline as the industry matures, whilst others will remain.


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