Developing Collaborative Contracting - Three Railway Project Cases
Journal article, 2012

Collaborative contracting models are often associated with a set of tools and techniques to manage relationships, but the efficiency of such formalization in changing project culture has been doubted. Further, although many projects are successful, collaboration often is more limited than policies and guidelines suggest. In this paper, we view partnering practice as a learning process related to a management innovation and analyse how collaboration practice develops in three major railway projects, all using the same partnering model. We find that partnering is easy to introduce due to the flexibility and adaptability of the concept, but that practitioners prefer to keep collaboration informal and groups small. Also, tangible benefits can often be reached with basic and common-sense approaches. When ambitions and complexity increase, however, more sophisticated relationship management becomes inevitable, calling also for integration with core project processes. Yet, partnering tools and systems do not seem to provide much guidance when it comes to organizing such complex multiparty collaboration. Careful attention to organizational issues in early phases is important both to appreciate the full potential of collaboration in the individual project and to promote industry level learning.


railway construction

infrastructure projects




Meysam Cordi

Therese Eriksson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

Anna Kadefors

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

Mathias Petersson

Project Perspectives

1455-4178 (ISSN)

Vol. 34 100-107

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Economics and Business

Business Administration

Communication Studies

Other Civil Engineering

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