The ‘definition’ of partnering as a set of components

Kristian Ditlev Bohnstedt

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Purpose - Although many articles have discussed the characteristics of partnering, there is no consensus about the meaning of the concept. Partnering is often characterized, as a complex and complicated concept where no agreement about a standard type of definition exists. The aim is to provide a new method to define the vague and multifaceted concept of partnering in a flexible and structured way.
Design - The study consists of a literature review and a questionnaire-survey. A final verification is made using interviews on selected cases determine underlying elements and factors in the focus areas of the firms.
Findings - There are two necessary components in partnering – trust and mutual understanding. Second, a number of different components can be added to form a specific variant of partnering.
Value - The definition model can help to concretize and pinpoint which components a partnering organization should include in a specific construction project.
Research limitations/implications - Generic models are typically subject to some cultural and geographical limitations, just as in this case.

Keywords Partnering, Family resemblance, Definition, Model, Components
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationTG59 “People in Construction” : Proceedings TG59 “People in Construction” Conference, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Place of PublicationSouth Africa
PublisherNelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Publication date6 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2014

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