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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Barriers to partnerships in the public sector: The case of the UK construction industry
Author(s): Burnes, Bernard
Coram, Ron
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Keywords: Channel relationships
Construction industry
Public sector
Supply chain
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Burnes B & Coram R (1999) Barriers to partnerships in the public sector: The case of the UK construction industry, Supply Chain Management, 4 (1), pp. 43-50.
Abstract: This article examines the changes in the relationship between government departments and the UK construction industry brought about by the privatisation of the Property Services Agency (PSA). In particular, it shows that while there has been some encouragement for closer, and more long‐term, collaboration, in reality government departments seem to be stuck in a short‐term, win‐lose orientation. The article concludes by arguing that this is a product of four factors: the lack of experience among both purchasers and providers of long‐term partnership arrangements; the risk‐aversive nature of the Civil Service; the pressure on departments from ministers to minimise risk; and government guidelines on competitive tendering which make it difficult to enter into long‐term agreements.
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