Section Section Title Page
1.1 Focus Area 3
1.2 Industry Background 3
1.3 Methodology 4
2.1 Partnering Theory 5
2.2 Partnering Application 10
2.3 Benefits & Criticisms of Partnering 13
3.1 Conclusions 18
4 BIBLIOGRAPHY 19
5 APPENDICES 20
1.1 Focus Area
This report is a seminar paper on ‘Partnering’ and whilst this term can be equally applied to many social, economic and strategic relationships, this paper focuses on the UK Construction Industry stakeholders.
‘Partnering is a form of collaborative working between customers and
suppliers.’ Office of Government Commerce (2003:1)
1.2 Industry Background
Traditionally, the Construction Industry has viewed the context of the
supply chain as one organisation (the supplier) supplying a product or
service to another (the customer). Subsequent to HM Treasury
reports and Industry statistics indicating project failures eg. cost over
runs and defects causing customer dissatisfaction, a number of key reports have been published, as per the timeline illustrated below Wolstenholme (2009:30).
The Rethinking Construction Report, Egan (1998), identified that whilst the Construction Industry in the UK is, when at it’s best, World Class, unfortunately, many construction clients are dissatisfied with the underperformance of its suppliers.
Therefore five drivers for change were identified, and the key driver within the context of this report was ‘integrated processes and...