Partering : difinition, theory and the procurement phase
This article on partnering and family-resemblance makes two contributions to the debate
about the definition of partnering in construction. The first is a distinction between general
prerequisites, components and goals when discussing the concept. In order to understand
what is specific about partnering the focus should be on the components, which are identified
through a literature review. The second contribution is to apply Ludwig Wittgenstein’s idea of
family-resemblance to the partnering concept. His idea is that a complex concept can be
understood as a network of overlapping similarities. From the literature review it is concluded
that there are two necessary components in partnering - trust and mutual understanding - and
that a number of different components can be added to form a specific variant of partnering.
This provides a new method to define the vague and multi-faceted concept of partnering in a
flexible and structured way.
School:Kungliga Tekniska högskolan
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:SOCIAL SCIENCES; Social sciences; partnering; construction; definition; SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
Date of Publication:01/01/2005