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Title: Partnering as a way to stimulate knowledge sharing among partnered firms
Authors: Fong, PSW 
Issue Date: 2006
Source: ASCE-CIB Specialty Conference on Leadership and Management in Construction Engineering and Management, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, 4-6 May 2006 How to cite?
Abstract: Hong Kong’s construction industry is increasingly being recognized as inefficient and facing lots of problems. These problems include mistrust, poor communication, and adversarial relationships which adversely affect the performance of construction projects and the possibility of knowledge sharing among construction firms (CIRC, 2001). With clients’ ever-increasing demands and the construction industry becoming more and more competitive, partnering has recently been recognized as one of the ways of improving the performance of construction projects and meeting clients’ requirements. In addition to partnering, knowledge management has also been seen as a way to remain competitive in the market. This paper aims to examine whether or not partnering could promote and stimulate knowledge sharing. This is done through a questionnaire survey to partnering as well as non-partnering participants. From the collected data, comparisons are made between the situation of knowledge sharing in non-partnering projects and that in partnering projects, by analyzing the effects on knowledge sharing due to the characteristics and process of partnering, the identification of benefits gained from the knowledge that was shared in partnering projects, and the results generated afterwards. The results of the study reveal that the essential characteristics of partnering, such as mutual trust, enhanced communication, closer relationships, equity, etc. are able to remove major barriers to knowledge sharing, proving that partnering can be regarded as a way to stimulate knowledge sharing among partnered construction firms. However, the results indicate that some of the barriers, such as efficiency of communication, and understanding of benefits of knowledge sharing as perceived by construction parties, still need further improvement in order to achieve the best knowledge sharing practices within the construction industry.
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