The definition of partnering as a Wittgenstein family-resemblanceconcept
2005 (English)In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 23, no 5, 473-481 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article on partnering and family-resemblance makes two contributions to the debate about the definition of partnering in construction. The first is a distinction between general prerequisites , components and goals when discussing the concept. In order to understand what is specific about partnering the focus should be on the components, which are identified through a literature review. The second contribution is to apply Ludwig Wittgenstein's idea of family-resemblance to the partnering concept. His idea is that a complex concept can be understood as a network of overlapping similarities. From the literature review it is concluded that there are two necessary components in partnering -- trust and mutual understanding -- and that a number of different components can be added to form a specific variant of partnering. This provides a new method to define the vague and multifaceted concept of partnering in a flexible and structured way.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 23, no 5, 473-481 p.
Components, construction, definition, family-resemblance, general prerequisites, goals, partnering, Wittgenstein
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27635DOI: 10.1080/01446190500040026ScopusID: 2-s2.0-22144484801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27635DiVA: diva2:379206
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