Partner Selection Criteria for Participation-based Cooperation

L. Vrieling, R. Favie, G.J. Maas

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The Dutch construction industry is under pressure. In order to answer the expectations set by society, innovations are necessary. The industry stands in need of clients and contractors who find common objectives and work in participation-based cooperation (such as partnering or alliance) in order to stimulate innovation development. On paper, public clients strive for innovative cooperation with their contractors. Yet, many clients and contractors still try to realise their conflicting objectives, which leads to difficulties in the relationship and counteract innovation. Underlying this lack of support for participation-based cooperation is the inadequate knowledge on the criteria public clients must and may set in order to select a suitable partner. This study describes and analyses the selection of a partner for participation based cooperation by a public client. Criteria for partner selection were assessed with a literature review in relation to participation-based cooperation. A hierarchical case study on five project alliances verified these criteria. The study shows that public clients have to reconsider the specification phase in the tendering process. The research indicates that certain additional criteria must be set if the selection of a partner is to succeed. In particular, criteria concerning the potential employees in the participation-based relationship are necessary. It is recognized by the Regieraad Bouw that public clients need wise applications in order to make clear decisions in the tendering process. The result of this study is a practical set of criteria, which can simplify the selection of a suitable partner and which can contribute to the support of participation-based cooperation in the Dutch construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Joint International CIB Symposium, 'Transformation through Construction’, Dubai, Nov 2008.
EditorsK. Carter, S. Ogunlana, A. Kaka
Place of PublicationDubai
PublisherInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)
ISBN (Print)978-0-9561067-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Eventconference; Transformation through Construction; 2008-11-15; 2008-11-17 -
Duration: 15 Nov 200817 Nov 2008


Conferenceconference; Transformation through Construction; 2008-11-15; 2008-11-17
OtherTransformation through Construction


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