Relational contracting – investigation of relational contracting behaviours across various project delivery models

Frazer, Peter (2010) Relational contracting – investigation of relational contracting behaviours across various project delivery models. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: This project is an analysis of the Australian
construction industry focusing on project delivery methods. Survey data received from suitably experienced managers will
be used to analyse Australian projects over the past five years for delivery method and associated procedures.

The literature is littered with calls for change on the basis that the traditionally confrontational client/contractor relationship can jeopardise project &
industry performance. Relational Contracting (RC) has developed in response to the adversarial nature of construction industries the world over. Alliancing, partnering, and early contractor involvement are examples of accepted delivery methods that implement different
levels of RC principles.

A great deal has been written about the benefits of RC and also the variation in its application. RC theory is made up of a multitude of principles the more of which are implemented the more relational the model becomes. Eriksson & Westerberg (2010) go into a lot of detail proposing a
framework based on seven principles. The framework identifies 7 stages of the procurement process and highlights the choice between competitive and relational behaviours at each. The choices made at each stage could result in a traditionally competitive or a fully relational model or anywhere in between.

• To generate data on construction projects completed within the last five years on the topic of delivery method and associated procedures;
• To quantify projects delivered under different procurement
• To analyse the procedures used on each project against the select set of criteria;
• To validate the criteria against the data received;
• To identify RC tools, techniques and behaviours that have been implemented on traditional projects.

Five of the seven criteria proposed in the framework are validated by the data received. Two of the seven are implemented within projects delivered under traditional models.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 05:33
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; construction industries; construction industry management; project management; contractors; relational contracting
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400504 Construction engineering
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350711 Organisational planning and management

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