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Cheung, S-O, LYeung, D K, Cheung, F K T and Suen, H C H (2002) A planning framework for conditions of contract for use in partnering projects. In: Greenwood, D (Ed.), Proceedings 18th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2002, Northumbria, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 361–70.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: dispute resolution; partnering; performance; planning framework; risk
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 7 8
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2002-361-370_Cheung_et_al.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Construction projects are characterized by their participants having conflicting and different objectives. For this reason, construction conflicts and adversarial business relationships are common. In recognizing the need for a more ‘co-operative’ and less adversarial construction environment, Partnering approach has been proposed as a means of achieving it. Evidences can be found in Australia, UK and USA that the construction industry is beginning to recognize the benefits of Partnering, including improved working relationship, programme certainty, and reduced waste. Whilst much has been reported on the Partnering process, this paper deals with another important aspect of Partnering: the conditions of contract. With the emphasis on cooperation, trust and openness in communication, the traditional form of contract featuring strong confrontational ambit is considered inappropriate for Partnering projects. This paper describes a framework for the planning of conditions of contract for use in Partnering projects. The planning framework deals with the three key aspects namely, risks , problem resolution and performance. The principles guiding the planning for the three aspects are also discussed.