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Title: Investigating political risk paths in international high-speed railway projects: The case of Chinese international contractors
Authors: Chang, T.
Deng, X.
Hwang, B.-G. 
Keywords: Construction management
International contractors
Large-scale projects
Political risk
Risk management
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Chang, T., Deng, X., Hwang, B.-G. (2019). Investigating political risk paths in international high-speed railway projects: The case of Chinese international contractors. Sustainability (Switzerland) 11 (15) : 4157. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11154157
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Contracting in international high-speed railway (HSR) projects is a risky business. The success of these projects and the sustainable development of international contractors are inseparable from effective risk management. However, limited research has been conducted to investigate the political risk involved in international HSR projects. As HSR development is becoming a more major part of the global construction market, this paper investigates the political risk factors specific to the projects and the relationships among the factors. Through a literature review and a pilot interview conducted with five Chinese professionals, 26 political risk factors were proposed. A questionnaire was then administered to 112 experts from both academia and industry to assess the significance of the factors. By applying partial least-squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) technology, the 26 factors were clustered into eight groups, and 10 significant risk paths were identified. Specifically, "government attitudes" can directly influence the "investment profile" and "social support" can directly influence "government attitudes," while "government instability," "economic climate," "financing and costs," "external interference," and "contractors' operations" can indirectly influence investment profile by directly influencing "government attitudes" or "social support." The findings of this study can assist international contractors with gaining a clear understanding of the political risk involved in international HSR projects, which will lead to more effective political risk management as well as better business decisions. Furthermore, this paper will contribute to the global body of knowledge in the area of political risk management for large-scale international projects. © 2019 by the authors.
Source Title: Sustainability (Switzerland)
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/209948
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su11154157
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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