Partnering

for better and for worse

In the construction industry there has been recent press praising partnering as a universal solution for problems, but this press usually ignores the disputes and/or claims that sometimes arise out of these partner relationships. This article discusses some of the changes that traditional construction industry thinking must make before the benefits of partnering can be realized. The best partnering programs take into account the inevitability of disagreement, and build in conflict resolution measures to deal with them ahead of time. There are many benefits to be realized through partnering, and success should not be measured only by the absence of claims.
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