The public procurement phase with partnering and the actors’perception of the concept – results from a questionnaire
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This paper has the purpose of empirically mapping out the procurement phase withpartnering and investigate how the perception of partnering depend on; age, type of projectand whether the respondent is a client or contractor. The partnering flower (Nyström 2005a)will also be tested empirically. Data were collected through a questionnaire and consists of 18Swedish partnering projects from the construction industry, procured with competitivetendering under the Public Procurement Act. Both clients and contractors from the projectsresponded, summing up to a total of 30 observations. The results show that most projects usedincentive contracts with target costs and included soft parameters in the bid evaluation.Concerning the perception of partnering, the concept seems to have most potential inachieving cost reductions. There was also a large consensus among the respondents thatpartnering did not deteriorate the businesslike relationships nor was a less fun way of workingand that the concept has a future in the construction industry. A few major differences couldbe observed within the divided groups. The clients were more sceptical seeing themselves aswinners of partnering, in comparison to the contractors perception on the same subject.Concerning partnering being a more fun way of working the respondents from maintenanceprojects were not as positive as the respondents from the other types of projects, newinvestmentand re-investment. It could also be seen that the younger respondents were morepositive than the older concerning partnering being a way to resolve conflicts and not seeingthe concept just as a fad. Support for the partnering flower could be found in the materialsince all respondents considered trust and common goals important components of partnering.
Partnering, procurement, empirical study, partnering flower
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27637DiVA: diva2:379219
QC 201012172010-12-172010-12-172010-12-17Bibliographically approved