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    Partnering mechanism in construction: An empirical study on the Chinese construction industry
    Tang, WZ ; Duffield, CF ; Young, DM (American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006-03-01)
    Partnering and its principles have increasingly been introduced to the construction industry to improve the efficiency of project delivery. However, little research outlines the mechanism behind its application. This paper presents the findings of a study that was conducted to develop and test a partnering model that reveals the relationships between the critical success factors (CSFs) of partnering and demonstrates their importance to construction. With support of data collected from the Chinese construction industry, this study has revealed strong correlations among partnering CSFs, risk management, total quality management (TQM), use of incentives, and project performance. It is concluded that project success is the outcome of the interaction between a variety of techniques, and that partnering, associated with incentives, is a basicmanagement method through which risk management and TQM can be strongly improved.