Alliancing in Australia—No-Litigation contracts : a tautology?

Cheung, Yan Ki Fiona, Rowlinson, Steve, Simons, Roland H., & Rafferty, Alannah (2006) Alliancing in Australia—No-Litigation contracts : a tautology? Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 132(1), pp. 77-81.

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A project alliance is a business strategy whereby client and commercial participants’ objectives are aligned. This paper takes an alliance project between public and private organizations in Queensland, Australia as a case study and reports the critical factors identified that influence the success of the alliance project. Alliancing is a system that provides a collaborative environment and a framework to adapt behavior to project objectives. It is about sharing resources and experiences, exposing the “hidden” risks. The case study suggests that leadership has a strong influence on the alliance climate. Commitment and action by the Project Alliance Board and, so, parent organizations have a strong impact on the team and alliance culture, indicating alliancing has a high chance of failure when there is inadequate support from top management. Like all relational contracting approaches, trust between alliance partners is important. This case study project takes a further step toward reinforcing the trust element by placing a No-Dispute clause in the alliance agreement. A review of the effects of the no-litigation clause upon the project team is presented. The writers conclude that without a positive approach to relationship management, a No-Dispute approach is impossible. Hence, they postulate that a “no-litigation” alliancing contract is essentially tautological, and go on to argue that a no-litigation contract cannot exist without the help of a clear relational vision, that leads to both soft and hard infrastructure to assist in decision making and relationship building.

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ID Code: 17874
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Yan Ki Fiona Cheung is the maiden name of Fiona Lamari
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Keywords: contract, litigation, Australia, legal factors, CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2002-022-A : Value in Project Delivery Systems: Facilitating a Change in Culture
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1052-3928(2006)132:1(77)
ISSN: 1052-3928
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
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Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 23:39
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