Partnering research in construction

Heng LI, Wai Lun Eddie CHENG, Peter E. D. LOVE

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Since the emergence of partnering in the construction industry in the late 1980s, it has received a great deal of attention from practitioners and researchers. The published research that is presented in the major journals typically advocates guidelines and models for implementing partnering. To date, however, no paper has attempted to summarize and present a critique of the existing partnering literature. This paper, therefore, reviews the partnering literature that has been published in four high quality rating journals, these being Construction Management and Economics. ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management and ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. It is concluded that there were four major themes of empirical studies, which were research on project partnering, examining a dual relationship, international partnering and a special application of partnering. Moreover, nonempirical studies were classified as the types of partnering, partnering models, partnering processes and partnering structure. The review provided in this paper 'polishes the signposts' and offers new directions for partnering research and its application in construction. Future studies are recommended to emphasize on the identification of performance measures and critical success factors, development and test of partnering models and processes, and the formation and selection of partnering strategy. Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-92
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


Li, H., Cheng, E. W. L., & Love, P. E. D. (2000). Partnering research in construction. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 7(1), 76-92. doi: 10.1108/eb021134


  • Alliance
  • Construction
  • Integration
  • Partnering
  • Partnership
  • Project management


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