Project Management Institute

Barriers to project partnering

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Partnering represents a significant change in the way projects are managed in the construction industry. Such change is likely to meet resistance. The present study analyzed 187 responses to the question "What are the major barriers to successful partnering in construction projects?" Content analysis of construction managers' responses revealed five major themes: mistrust and interpersonal barriers to cooperation, the nature and structure of projects that inhibit partnering, perceptions of the partnering process that discourage partnering, knowledge and skill barriers, and the lack of firm commitment to partnering. Each of these themes are discussed in detail and recommendations for overcoming barriers to partnering are addressed.
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