Author: Cheng, Wai-lun Eddie
Title: A practical model for construction partnering
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2001
Subject: Construction industry
Strategic alliances (Business)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of Building and Real Estate
Pages: ix, 270 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: This thesis aims at developing a practical model for construction partnering. Systematised research activities are organised to develop and examine a conceptual model of partnering by means of surveying methods; to transform the conceptual model to a practical model for partnering espousal using a modelling technique; and to evaluate the practical model by employing comparative case study. As a result, the study provides a raft of contributions, both theoretical and practical. Firstly, it clarifies the definitions for strategic and project partnering. Secondly, a three-stage (Formation, Application, and Completion and Reactivation) conceptual model of partnering is proposed, while the posited critical success factors and performance criteria for the three-stage partnering process are tested. The results indicate that there are similar as well as different process characteristics between project and strategic partnering. More specifically, project and strategic partnering have a similar process and are affected by a common set of success factors, except for the Reactivation stage where there are specific factors affect the intention of involved parties to form further co-operation. Based on all findings, a practical model that integrates the key processes and associated components is developed by means of the Procedural Mapping Model (PMM). The Practical Model of Partnering (PMP) is composed of three major establishments including Interactive Process Description (IPD), Supporting Mechanisms (SMs) and Goals' Assessment Matrices (GAM). The IPD consists of six interactive processes, which are Representative Selection Process, Team Building Process, Partnering Agreement Process, Goals' Attainment Process, Joint Problem Solving Process, and Reactivation Decision Process. Also four common and four functional SMs are suggested to form. The four common SMs is used to sustain a high positive level of open communication, effective co-ordination, mutual trust and top management support for the whole partnering process. On the other hand, the four functional SMs (long-term commitment, continuous improvement, partnering experience and learning climate) are designed particularly for long-term co-operation (i.e. strategic partnering). GAM is used to audit the level of attainment of the partnering goals. The PMP has been evaluated by using two case study methods of real-life examples in Hong Kong. The results indicate that the materials of the PMP are appropriate to be adopted in Hong Kong. Although the scope of this thesis is not planned to ascertain the utility of the PMP in the contexts of other countries, this study has taken the first step to test its effectiveness. Finally, the thesis provides suggestions for future research and proposes new perspectives for construction partnering.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: open access

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