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The naivety of partnering assessments
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
2006 (English)In: Assoc. Res. Constr. Manage., ARCOM - Procs Annu. ARCOM Conf., 2006, 435-443 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Construction managerial literature often argues that gains are to be made by using partnering in terms of reduced cost, reduced delays and/or increased quality. Voices have been raised to approach partnering in a more critical perspective i.e. to look at both advantages and disadvantages when investigating the concept. This paper is an attempt to go in that direction. In order to assess the effects of partnering in a valid way, the evaluation needs to (i) be based on project facts and not personal perceptions, (ii) make a comparative analysis including both partnering and nonpartnering projects and (iii) control for other variables that affect cost and quality in order to extract the unique effect of partnering. The existing partnering evaluations, divided into surveys, case studies and comparative studies with many observations, does not fulfil all three conditions. Instead partnering should be evaluated by a quasiexperiment or with a regression analysis and focus on quality and cost, the variables that creates value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. 435-443 p.
, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2006 - Procs 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 1
Keyword [en]
Evaluation, Partnering, Project success, Quasi-experimental methods, Regression analysis, Comparative analysis, Comparative studies, Personal perception, Reduced cost, Cost benefit analysis, Costs, Project management, Research, Statistics, Quality control
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Construction Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155112ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84861176831ISBN: 0955239001ISBN: 9780955239007OAI: diva2:760147
22nd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2006, 4-6 September 2006, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Available from: 2014-11-03 Created: 2014-10-30 Last updated: 2014-11-03Bibliographically approved

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