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Supporting and impeding factors for partnering in construction – a China study

Zuo, Jian, Chan, Albert, Zhao, Zhenyu, Zillante, George, & Xia, Bo (2013) Supporting and impeding factors for partnering in construction – a China study. Facilities, 31(11-12), pp. 468-488.

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Abstract

Partnering has drawn attention from both academics and practitioners in the construction industry in the context of construction and facilities management. The past decades have seen a number of articles reporting the application of partnering in construction. The Chinese construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world; however, to the authors’ best knowledge, no project in mainland China has adopted this procurement approach in a formal and systematic manner as yet. This study employed a qualitative approach to investigate the factors that support or impede the implementation of partnering in mainland China. The findings indicate that the partnering practice is feasible in the construction industry of China due to the large demand brought about by China’s strong economic growth and government support. However, the implementation of partnering in the Chinese construction industry is being impeded by the restrictions of the current Chinese regulatory framework and tender evaluation framework, the incompatible features of Chinese culture and the general lack of trust. Six strategies that help to facilitate the implementation of partnering in China have been developed. This study offers a useful reference to implement collaborative contracting models such as partnering in developing countries.

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ID Code: 53910
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Partnering, construction project, China, supporting and impeding factors, facilities management
DOI: 10.1108/F-05-2012-0038
ISSN: 0263-2772
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2012 10:45
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 13:16

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