A grounded theory study of the establishment of public-private alliances in official development assistance programmes


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This paper uses a grounded theory methodology to develop a conceptual model of the main concerns of the partners and the social and decision-making processes associated with establishing public-private alliances in official development assistance programmes. The results suggest that the establishment of PPAs is the result of the complex interaction of 'Processes and Process Issues', 'Alliance Initiation', 'Alliance Leadership', 'Modifiers' and 'Alliance Relationships'. Although individual alliance is context specific, there are five key areas where attention should be focussed during the establishment and where the participants can potentially influence the establishment to optimise the chance of success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-587
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


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