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When construction projects satisfy health care needs: partnering as a way of connecting the two


Malena Ingemansson Havenvid
Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Malena Ingemansson Havenvid ,
Ĺse Linné
Uppsala University
Ĺse Linné ,
Sofia Wagrell
Uppsala University
Sofia Wagrell and
Viktoria Sundquist
Chalmers University of Technology
Viktoria Sundquist

Place of Publication

The paper was published at the 35th IMP-conference in Paris, France in 2019.


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In the construction industry, the intention with partnering is that it should facilitate closer interaction between the client and the project organisation and particularly assist contractor-client communication. In Scandinavian countries, a number of high-technology hospitals are currently being planned for and being built through partnering agreements with intentions of providing modern health care supported by advanced medical technology. Health care represents a complex structure of actors, resources and activities that are to be coordinated toward the purpose of providing relevant and consistent care services to individuals over time. The remaining project organisation embodies construction-related organisations that represent a temporarily organised constellation of actors, resources and activities in the design, production and delivery of the building. Thus, as construction “meets” health care in a construction project, there are very different requirements that are to be fulfilled: gaining benefits from temporarily organising around a construction project and of having a facility that supports complex care processes over time. The differences in requirements rests on the different logics of, on the one hand, temporary and on the other hand, permanent organisations comprised of different set of activities, resources and actors. Through the industrial network approach we outline the interactions taking place between key actors in a large health care construction project practicing partnering in Sweden, and investigate how partnering affects the communication of these different logics in play.