Delivering Dispute Free Projects – Does Partnering Help?

A research perspective issued by the Navigant Construction Forum™

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Subsequent to the issuance of the three–part series, Delivering Dispute Free Projects, and the more recent report, A Crystal Ball — Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims & Disputes, the Navigant Construction Forum™ was asked to look into project partnering to determine whether partnering can help deliver a dispute free project. The Navigant Construction Forum™ performed an in–depth analysis of available literature to determine whether there is any empirical data to support the strengths and the weaknesses of partnering.

Based upon the literature search conducted by the Navigant Construction Forum™ and the author’s personal experience, collaboratively partnered projects generally implement the following:

Projects managed in this manner meet all five elements the Navigant Construction Forum™ believes should be the goals of a successful project – delivered safely, on time, in budget, meeting the quality standards of the contract documents, and dispute free at the end of the project. The literature search and the author’s experience leads the Navigant Construction Forum™ to conclude that collaborative partnering, successfully implemented can and does help deliver dispute free projects. 

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