An explorative study of construction partnering in China

Jin, Xiaohua and London, Kerry 2009, An explorative study of construction partnering in China, in Proceedings of 2009 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, China Architecture & Building Press, Beijing, China, pp. 42-47.

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Title An explorative study of construction partnering in China
Author(s) Jin, Xiaohua
London, Kerry
Conference name International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
Conference location Beijing, China
Conference dates 5-6 November 2009
Title of proceedings Proceedings of 2009 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
Editor(s) Wang, Yaowu
Wang, Yaoqi
Shen, Qiping
Publication date 2009
Conference series International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
Start page 42
End page 47
Publisher China Architecture & Building Press
Place of publication Beijing, China
Keyword(s) partnering
trust
relationship
construction industry
china
Summary This paper aims to explore the feasibility of implementing formal partnering in China's construction industry. After a literature review and synthesis, a self-administered industry-wide postal questionnaire survey was conducted to examine practice, detect problems and find solutions. Professionals involved in China's construction industry found having very limited knowledge and experience in formal partnering, which indicates that formal partnering is undeveloped in China. However, most companies are found maintaining close and cooperative business relationship with other parties, which suggests that informal partnering has been implemented as an alternative because trust is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. The feasibility of implementing partnering in China is revealed. It is recommended that international architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) firms and clients enter China's construction industry by adopting partnering methods to collaborate harmoniously with local Chinese parties. The perceived outcome has been found promising. This paper makes an original contribution to the general body of knowledge on partnering procurement route, in particular in China's construction industry, on which previous research has barley focused. Current situation of partnering implementation in China is examined and problems investigated. Underlying reasons are also explored and feasible initiatives recommended.
ISBN 9787112114542
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 870402 Commercial Construction Processes
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, China Architecture and Building Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021346

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