Partnering Projects as Engagement Platforms

Partnering Projects as Engagement Platforms

At the upcoming Tuesday morning meeting (27/11), we will discuss a work-in-progress manuscript titled, Partnering Projects as Engagement Platforms.

Abstract: Contractual agreements play an important role in the construction industry as they regulate for example responsibilities, financial transactions, and the level of client-contractor cooperation. During the last decade there has been an increased interest in more collaborative forms of contractual agreements where the relationship between the involved parties is defined by trust and mutual adjustment rather than control. In this paper it is argued that this development – the movement away from a focus on control as the main governing mechanism towards trust – triggers a more deeply rooted change in the underlying business logic. A change rarely addressed in contemporary research. To put it bluntly, it is suggested that partnering projects are becoming service oriented engagement platforms. The aim of this paper is to describe and analyze how a large Swedish partnering project can be understood as an engagement platform by drawing on an established conceptual framework within the area of service-dominant logic (SD-logic). The paper builds on empirical illustrations from a Swedish partnering project and highlights a potential way forward to further understand the role of more collaborative forms of contractual agreements in the building and construction industry.