Co-operative benchmarking: A tool for partnering excellence in construction

Heng Li, E. W.L. Cheng, P. E.D. Love, Z. Irani

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This paper suggests that co-operative benchmarking should be used as a tool for achieving partnering excellence in construction projects. The paper presents an eight-stage process of a co-operative benchmarking approach which can be used to improve the performance of parties entering into partnering agreements (the COBAP process). It is suggested that the establishment of a COBAP team and effective management of the COBAP process, can stimulate a series of positive outcomes such as mutual trust, commitment, creativity and continuous improvement. The implementation of the COBAP can be used as a mechanism for collective learning, which can sustain a competitive advantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2001


  • Benchmarking
  • Co-operation
  • Construction
  • Integration
  • Partnering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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