Debby van Zessen

Management in the Built Environment

Designing a partner-selection process that encourages the formation and continuation of successful partnerships

The challenges that urban area developments are facing are becoming more and more complex. Additionally, these developments often come along with major uncertainties, risks, and unknowns regarding the end-results. This has resulted in the publication of several documents in the past few years pointing out that the current tender system may not always provide for the most optimal urban area developments - calling for more efficient, flexible and quality-oriented tender procedures. More specifically, the partner-selection method, which is a new phenomenon, has been introduced in practice. Many professionals say that this new method could be the answer to the rising complexities in urban area developments. This research aims to explore its potential and its credibility. More importantly, the goal of this research is to design a partner-selection process that is robust and trustworthy through organising it in such a way that it accommodates for the formation and continuation of successful partnerships. The main research question of this graduation research is: ‘How can a partner-selection process be designed so that it enables the formation and continuation of successful partnerships in municipal land developments’.