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An empirical study of the benefits of construction partnering in Hong Kong


  • Albert Chan
  • Daniel Chan
  • Kathy Ho


Many construction companies have adopted partnering in their construction projects over the past 10-15 years due to favourable project outcomes achieved. Its use in construction projects has been increasing rapidly as its benefits become more apparent and pervasive. This paper reviews the partnering literature within the construction field and tries to portray the comprehensive picture of benefits for the partnering practice. Through partnering and the active involvement of all key project parties, the project is more likely to be completed within budget, on time, and with the least number of conflicts, claims and work defects. Also, this paper reports upon the findings of a questionnaire survey of partnering benefits in Hong Kong. Seventy-eight project participants completed a questionnaire to indicate the relative importance of partnering benefits. The perceived benefits were measured and ranked from the perspectives of the client, contractor and consultant for cross-comparison. The results revealed that 'Improved relationship amongst project participants', 'Improved communication amongst project participants' and 'More responsive to the short-term emergency, changing project or business needs' were the most significant benefits derived from the use of partnering. More partnering arrangements should be actively introduced into the construction procurement process so that every party can enjoy the full benefits of partnering.

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  • Albert Chan & Daniel Chan & Kathy Ho, 2003. "An empirical study of the benefits of construction partnering in Hong Kong," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(5), pages 523-533.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:21:y:2003:i:5:p:523-533
    DOI: 10.1080/0144619032000056162

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    1. Florence Phua, 2006. "When is construction partnering likely to happen? An empirical examination of the role of institutional norms," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(6), pages 615-624.
    2. Per Erik Eriksson & Ossi Pesamaa, 2007. "Modelling procurement effects on cooperation," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(8), pages 893-901.


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