Relationship Contracting: The South Australian Experience - A Case Study

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Jian Zou
George Zillante


The construction industry has long been accusedof poor performance. The confrontational attitudeof its members and the resultant adversarial atmosphere has been identified as a major factor responsible for this poor performance. A cultural change is required to remove these barriers and to promote optimum project outcomes. Relationship contracting is promoted as a way to support the shift from the adversarial culture to the co-operative and collaborative culture within the industry and the project team.The Adelaide Convention Centre Extensions project was the first in South Australia to be procure und r the principles of relationship contract1ng. Usmg the case study approach, this paper reviews the form of relationship contracting used in this milestone project. The paper documents the lessons learned from this project and makes recommendations that can lead to improvements for future projects.

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Zou, J., & Zillante, G. (2012). Relationship Contracting: The South Australian Experience - A Case Study. Construction Economics and Building, 6(2), 20-31.
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Jian Zou, University of South Australia

Senior Lecturer