nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2022‒03‒07
six papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Renewable entry costs, project finance and the role of revenue quality in Australia’s National Electricity Market By Nicholas Gohdes; Paul Simshauser
  2. Contribution to Open-Source Product Development By Mohammadi, Mohammad Ali
  3. Forest carbon offsets over a smart ledger By Kotsialou, Grammateia; Kuralbayeva, Karlygash; Laing, Timothy
  4. Ideologies and representations of the Smart City By Olivier Coussi; Maël Hénaff
  5. Learn, Innovate, Improve: A Practice Guide for Enhancing Programs and Improving Lives By Michelle Derr
  6. Publishing in the social sciences and its representation in research evaluation and funding systems By Sivertsen, Gunnar

  1. By: Nicholas Gohdes (Queensland University of Technology); Paul Simshauser (Griffith Business School, Griffith University)
    Keywords: Renewable Energy, PPAs, Project Finance, Counterparty Credit, Cost of Capital
    JEL: D25 D80 G32 L51 Q41
    Date: 2022–01
  2. By: Mohammadi, Mohammad Ali
    Abstract: The situation of private contribution to an open-source project is considered. This case is distinguished from a simple case of public good provision through the various underlying incentives of the participants. In the modelling, these incentives come into play to form various equilibria from which conclusions on their roles can be derived. Specifically, it is shown that the agent's willingness to participate, her own need from the project, and the community's altruism play important roles in driving the project forward.
    Keywords: Open-source, contribution, altruism, simultaneous game
    JEL: C70 D64 L17
    Date: 2020–08–31
  3. By: Kotsialou, Grammateia; Kuralbayeva, Karlygash; Laing, Timothy
    Abstract: 2021 has seen increasing climate policy action and net-zero commitments by individuals, companies and governments. A crucial aspect for the transition to net-zero is the voluntary offset market, with projects relating to REDD+ amongst the most popular. Policy-makers are grappling to make such markets efficient and scalable, however, many issues undermine these efforts pertaining to additionality, permanence, leakage and property and community rights. Digitisation has also accelerated, with technologies, notably blockchain, starting to enter the climate change space. Its use is becoming increasingly common within the voluntary market and, in particular, REDD+, although such projects, are generally in proposal or pilot stages. Given the emergence of other technologies such as AI and machine learning, the technologisation of REDD+ is only likely to increase. Thus modern technologies are being seen by developers as a potential solution to issues hindering REDD+. Potential benefits arising from technology use are unlikely to fully accrue without a wider focus on what has undermined REDD+ to date. As such, there is an urgency to establish an understanding of how projects can utilise these technologies to reduce long-standing issues. To do this, we discuss these issues together with technologies’ capacity to address drawbacks of REDD+ projects.
    Date: 2021–10–21
  4. By: Olivier Coussi (CEREGE - CEntre de REcherche en GEstion - EA 1722 - IAE Poitiers - Institut d'Administration des Entreprises (IAE) - Poitiers - Université de Poitiers - ULR - Université de La Rochelle - Université de Poitiers, FED 4229 - Fédération Territoires - Université de Poitiers - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique); Maël Hénaff (CEREGE - CEntre de REcherche en GEstion - EA 1722 - IAE Poitiers - Institut d'Administration des Entreprises (IAE) - Poitiers - Université de Poitiers - ULR - Université de La Rochelle - Université de Poitiers)
    Abstract: The research presented here questions the issue of public data management in the context of three Smart City projects: what governance, what ownership, what users? A qualitative analysis of the representations and discourses on the nature and ideal-types of these projects reveals a contrast between the declarations made by the stakeholders and a more classical approach based on the opposition "Smart City" vs "stupid village". Finally, the authors associate this new management tool, the Smart City, with a new form of rational myth in which data management is at the heart of the concerns.
    Abstract: La recherche présentée interroge la problématique du management de la donnée publique dans le cadre de trois projets de villes intelligentes : quelle gouvernance, quelle propriété, quels utilisateurs ? Une analyse qualitative des représentations et discours portant sur la nature et idéaux-types sur ces projets laisse entrevoir un contraste entre les déclarations portés par les parties-prenantes et une approche plus classique autour de l'opposition « ville intelligente » versus « Village stupide ». Finalement, les auteurs associent ce nouvel outil de gestion qu'est la ville intelligence à une nouvelle forme de mythe rationnel dont le management de la donnée est au coeur des préoccupations.
    Keywords: territorial intelligence,knowledge management,open data,ideology,Smart City,donnée ouverte,idéologie,Ville Intelligente,management de la connaissance,intelligence territoriale
    Date: 2021
  5. By: Michelle Derr
    Abstract: Designed to be used in partnership with a research or technical assistance (TA) support team, this practice guide can help leaders in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and related programs implement evidence-driven change.
    Keywords: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), technical assistance (TA), Project IMPROVE, Learn, Innovate, Improve, Implementation, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), The Adjacent Possible
  6. By: Sivertsen, Gunnar
    Abstract: The paper describes the full range of publishing and its purposes in the social sciences – from scholarly publishing via professional communication to societal interaction in public media – and how it is represented in five different contexts for research evaluation and funding. The five contexts are: applications for external project funding, applications for positions or promotions, indicator-based institutional funding systems, summative organizational evaluation systems, and formative organizational evaluation systems. The chapter provides a critical discussion of how publications from the social sciences may be filtered out or placed in predetermined hierarchies in these evaluation and funding contexts, and also of how the evaluation and funding procedures can be improved to appropriately represent social science research and publishing.
    Date: 2022–01–03

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