Disputes and dispute resolution systems in sino-foreign joint venture construction projects in China

Hon Wan Edwin Chan, Henry C H Suen

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There has been a sharp increase in the number of Sino-Foreign Joint Venture (SFJV) construction projects in the People's Republic of China since the 1990s. Despite the Chinese Government's new measures for boosting foreign involvements, entering into the construction market remains problematic for many foreign contractors. One of the problems concerns construction disputes. In light of this, this paper reports a study on disputes and dispute resolution systems in SFJVs. A questionnaire survey of 41 practitioners in the field was carried out. The main purpose was to identify the most common sources of disputes and the most commonly used dispute resolution methods in SFJVs. Results show that the sources of construction disputes can be classified into three categories: contractual, cultural, and legal matters. The most commonly used dispute resolution methods are mediation and arbitration. These findings will give both Chinese and foreign contractors invaluable insights into disputes and dispute resolution systems in SFJV projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • China
  • Construction industry
  • Dispute resolution
  • Foreign projects
  • Joint ventures
  • Jurisdiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management

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