Project Management Institute

An inquiry to move an underutilized best practice forward

barriers to partnering in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry

There is an obvious need in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry for improved project team integration through project delivery. Project partnering provides a great opportunity to improve project performance. However, despite being classified as one of the best practices by the Construction Industry Institute in 1996, partnering continues to be underutilized. This study systematically classified barriers to project partnering in the United States from both vertical/horizontal and public/private construction sectors. Of the top reported barriers to project partnering, the majority are cultural; project team related barriers show the greatest area of potential for improvement; and contrary to the literature, none is legislative. The study contributes to the body of knowledge by drawing attention to project delivery and management practices in the AEC industry to improve team collaboration and chances of successful implementation and adoption of integrative practices.
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