Papers by Author: Chuan Chen

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Authors: Chuan Chen, Igor Martek, Mona Shah
Abstract: China and India are two of the worlds largest countries, sharing between them some 40% of the worlds population. They are also two of the worlds fastest growing economies. However, while China and India shared similar rates of growth into the 1990s China has pulled away and sustained significantly higher growth rates over the last two decades. This disparity is especially reflected in the growth rates for the Chinese and Indian construction and construction services sectors. Thus, the ability of China to consistently outperform India in construction is of interest. Theories on the determinants of national competitiveness suggest sources of sustained advantage. A list of factors was compiled and developed as a survey. Eighteen experts familiar with the construction industry in China and India responded to the survey. Overall, China and India are shown to have their own unique advantages, yet the number and strength of Chinese advantages is greater. While a survey instrument of this nature has its limitations, the findings offer practitioners and policy makers insights into the sources of national competitive advantage in construction for China and India.
Authors: Chuan Chen, Qi Wang, Rui Ying Fang
Abstract: China has been experiencing a remarkable economic growth for the past three decades accompanied by significant energy consumption and environmental pollution, which led to great pressure on energy supply and environmental protection. The development of renewable energy has therefore become a major strategic issue for the country’s energy security, economic development, environmental sustainability and social stability. Meanwhile the participation of the private sector into the renewable energy sector has become increasingly important and necessary to utilize their knowledge, skills and resources as an effective supplement to the Chinese government which dominates the sector but suffers low efficiency and declining credit lines. Aiming at a better understanding of the activities and trends of the private sector in the renewable energy sector of China, this study retrieved project level data from the Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) database of the World Bank, and examined the data from various dimensions, such as investment size, PPI type, technology, and geographical distribution. Important and interesting observations were drawn such as emerging western China market and fast growing biomass sub-sector. A comparison between conventional fossil fuel projects and renewable energy projects was also undertaken in terms of unit cost and the results confirmed the high installation cost of renewable energy projects and highlighted the importance of government subsidies at present and technological advances in the long run to support the development of renewable energy. The empirical findings, although restricted by shortcomings of the data source, can provide valuable implications to policy makers and infrastructure investors interested in the renewable energy market of China.
Authors: Chuan Chen, Can Hui Jiang, Hong Jiang Li
Abstract: With more and more emerging contractors from developing economies struggling to enter the global market eagerly pursuing new jobs, both incumbent and new entrants have to confront a fierce market competition and suffer from a declining bargaining power when dealing with the owner. FIDIC contract conditions, although originally formulated to provide a relatively fair baseline in construction transaction setting are then often modified in favor of the owner in practice. This study identified and classified modifications in the turnkey contract of the Hai Phong Power Plant II project located in Hai Phong, Vietnam and assessed these modification categories in terms of frequency and risk allocation. The case study provided evidence and lessons-learned in association with contract modification and redesign regarding the widely applied FIDIC Silver Book conditions for academics, practitioners and professional associations involved in international construction business.
Authors: Chuan Chen, Wei Ling Jiang
Abstract: The rapid development of China’s high-speed railway sector has attracted significant attention from the rest of the world, particularly those countries which are launching their ambitious high speed railway program to stimulate economic growth in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Experience of Chinese decision makers, engineers and contractors accumulated in the successful planning and implementation of the gigantic high speed rail networks is of great value to be examined to provide best practices to following projects, not just in China. This study identified and discussed four aspects of best practices in high-speed railway construction in China, i.e., workforce management, technological innovation, land acquisition, and environmental protection based on a comparative analysis of several newly built high-speed railway project cases.
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