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558 site-meeting minutes from 20 comparable projects - A quasi-experimental evaluation of partnering
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
2007 (English)In: CME 2007 Conference - Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future', 2007, 1193-1202 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

558 site-meeting minutes from 20 publicly procured projects have been analysed to extract differences between partnering and non-partnering projects concerning cost and quality, where time delays, the amount of disputes, financial outcome and contract flexibility have been used as indicators. In order to find the unique effect of partnering and control for other affecting variables, a quasi-experimental evaluation has been carried out. This approach strives to match partnering projects with identical non-partnering projects on every relevant variable except partnering. By trying to provide more tangible data and an improved structure, this study can be seen as reaction to the criticisms of earlier empirical evaluations. The paper has pushed the frontier for partnering evaluations forward concerning method and data. No systematic or general trends can be seen in the material. The result casts a shadow over the positive results from earlier evaluations and suggests that the main contribution of partnering might lie in its intangible effects. Partnering can be seen as something that is intended to improve the general perception of a construction industry, a declaration of a will to change.

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2007. 1193-1202 p.
Keyword [en]
Evaluation, Partnering, Quasi-experiment, Research methods
National Category
Other Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-154684ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84877604935ISBN: 978-041546059-0OAI: diva2:758451
25th Inaugural Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future' Conference, CME 2007, 16 July 2007 through 18 July 2007, Reading, United Kingdom

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Available from: 2014-10-27 Created: 2014-10-27 Last updated: 2014-10-27Bibliographically approved

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