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An explorative study of construction partnering in China

conference contribution
posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Xiaohua Jin, Kerry London
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.

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Event

International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management

Pagination

42 - 47

Publisher

China Architecture & Building Press

Location

Beijing, China

Place of publication

Beijing, China

Start date

2009-11-05

End date

2009-11-06

ISBN-13

9787112114542

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2009, China Architecture and Building Press

Editor/Contributor(s)

Y Wang, Y Wang, Q Shen

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of 2009 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management

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