Purpose – The objective of this research is to identify the cross-cultural similarities and differences of the implementation of the UK PFI procurement process in different contexts.
Design/methodology/approach – The research methodology adopted was the SLEEPT approach. The identiﬁed features are examined from source material of various projects within the stated nations. A Delphic approach of conﬁrmation by national collaborators from each country is utilised. Conﬁrming and disafﬁrming features are examined utilising exogenous cultural drivers.
Findings – The conclusion of this research identiﬁes cross-cultural features of six different cultures presented as a “cultural compass” which will inform the development of future private ﬁnance initiative (PFI)/public private partnership (PPP) projects. The impact of this research will have implications for the appreciation of cultural similarities and differences of national “construction cultures” for effective project delivery of future PFI/PPP projects.
Originality/value – This paper offers an approach that can be generalised for adoption by nations considering the introduction of PFI as a procurement process.