Construction Partnering: Moving Towards the Rationalisation for a Dominant Paradigm

Lee Crompton, Jack Goulding, Farzad Rahimian

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This paper critically reviews seminal literature on ‘traditional’ and non-market partnering exchanges, in order to identify core congruent issues, drivers and agents of change. It draws out a number of key themes to better understand why the construction industry has remained relatively unchanged; even though successive reports have tried to rectify the industry’s challenges. Acknowledging that there is no one clear definition, strategy or template for the effective implementation of partnering, findings from extant literature highlight eight dominant drivers deemed integral to augmenting project performance and profitability. So, whilst the construction industry invariably conducts its business with a smaller ratio of strategic partnerships than commonly believed, and accepting buyer dominance has predominantly remained, it is advocated that there is an exigent need to disentangle the project partnering initiative through some form of deterministic model. The case for this is presented through a relationship schema that maps the fabric, reliance and drivers for partnering success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-78
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014


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