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Effects of partnering on construction projectsThe cultural, collaborative and contractual aspects
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To meet the challenges created by the increasingly complex and fragmented state of today


construction industry, project actors need to adapt their way of working. The techniques of

adapting to the changing industry are numerous and it can often be difficult to identify the

appropriate method. More complex projects with many actors involve a lot of risk and

partnering can be one way of managing such risks.

According to literature, partnering reduces adversarial relations between project stakeholders, it

increases collaboration, it spreads the risk between stakeholders and it encourages them to align

their goals. With that said, the implementation of partnering has faced some difficulties. The

reasons for these difficulties can be various, some of the explanations might be unclear

definitions of the concept partnering, non-matching expectations and a reluctance of adapting to

new ways of working. Recent studies have revealed that clients are not as satisfied with the

outcome of partnering projects as might be expected. Because of this, the authors felt that a

deeper knowledge about the effects of partnering was needed. In order for the partnering concept

to mature and the industry to understand its implications, more research on specific partnering

cases is needed.

The research discovered three categories of practical implications for partnering. These

categories contain cultural, collaborative and contractual aspects that cover both positive and

negative effects in the projects. The cultural aspects that are affected by partnering are e.g. the

division of responsibility and the atmosphere. The collaborative aspects that are affected are e.g.

communication, involvement of stakeholders, transparency and problem solving. The

contractual aspects that are affected are e.g. flexibility and risk management.

The improved joint problem solving and innovation was perceived as beneficial for time, cost

and quality while other factors such as work environment and environmental impact was

believed to be less affected. In order to improve the project result with the help of partnering the

researchers´ recommend to embrace the openness, encourage new work habits, remove

predefined views, make use of the improved joint problem solving, develop a contractual

framework for partnering and create incentives and bonuses that are S.M.A.R.T (Specific,

Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Partnering, collaboration, construction, procurement
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155128OAI: diva2:759572
Available from: 2014-10-30 Created: 2014-10-30 Last updated: 2014-10-30Bibliographically approved

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