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Article: A modern contract: Developments in the UK and China

TitleA modern contract: Developments in the UK and China
Authors
KeywordsContracting
Contracts & law
Procurement
Issue Date2010
PublisherThomas Telford (ICE Publishing). The Journal's web site is located at http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/mpal
Citation
Proceedings Of Institution Of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement And Law, 2010, v. 163 n. 4, p. 151-159 How to Cite?
AbstractThe form of contract plays a significant role in the governance of relationships between parties. Recent research in project procurement emphasises relationships and cultural/behavioural issues. Such relationships operate within a formal (contractual) framework as well as an informal (interpersonal/social) framework since no contract is entirely transactional or entirely relational in nature. Sir Michael Latham suggested a cultural/behavioural change is required in the construction industry such that project participants should embrace a 'modern contract'. This paper examines the 13 Latham requirements of a modern contract in the latest edition of the NEC. The requirements are categorised, under what are labelled here as pillars of a modern contract, namely 'fairness', 'roles and functions of project participants', and 'payment operating mechanisms'. Developments in contracting practices in the Chinese construction industry, with a cultural tradition grounded in Confucian values of cooperation and sharing, are then examined and juxtaposed against the UK construction industry's movement towards a modern contract rooted in relational contracting. The developments show that China has nurtured a change towards the more formal, contractual, system of rights and obligations in their 'modernisation' of construction procurement in sharp contrast to the UK movement towards greater collaboration and cooperation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135467
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.189
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dc.contributor.authorZhang, Sen_HK
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dc.identifier.citationProceedings Of Institution Of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement And Law, 2010, v. 163 n. 4, p. 151-159en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe form of contract plays a significant role in the governance of relationships between parties. Recent research in project procurement emphasises relationships and cultural/behavioural issues. Such relationships operate within a formal (contractual) framework as well as an informal (interpersonal/social) framework since no contract is entirely transactional or entirely relational in nature. Sir Michael Latham suggested a cultural/behavioural change is required in the construction industry such that project participants should embrace a 'modern contract'. This paper examines the 13 Latham requirements of a modern contract in the latest edition of the NEC. The requirements are categorised, under what are labelled here as pillars of a modern contract, namely 'fairness', 'roles and functions of project participants', and 'payment operating mechanisms'. Developments in contracting practices in the Chinese construction industry, with a cultural tradition grounded in Confucian values of cooperation and sharing, are then examined and juxtaposed against the UK construction industry's movement towards a modern contract rooted in relational contracting. The developments show that China has nurtured a change towards the more formal, contractual, system of rights and obligations in their 'modernisation' of construction procurement in sharp contrast to the UK movement towards greater collaboration and cooperation.en_HK
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dc.publisherThomas Telford (ICE Publishing). The Journal's web site is located at http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/mpalen_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsPermission is granted by ICE Publishing to print one copy for personal use. Any other use of these PDF files is subject to reprint fees-
dc.subjectContractingen_HK
dc.subjectContracts & lawen_HK
dc.subjectProcurementen_HK
dc.titleA modern contract: Developments in the UK and Chinaen_HK
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