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Development of a Collaborative Training Partnership in the NZ Construction Industry

9 pagesPublished: October 23, 2017


In 2015 a first tier New Zealand commercial construction company approached the Department of Construction at Unitec regarding the company’s management development training programme. The programme’s primary aim is to focus on introducing a more collaborative best practice approach in a competitive construction environment to some 300 middle management onsite construction staff over a 4-5 year period. The company was seeking a partnership with an innovative tertiary provider to offer specific professional development expertise, and give effect to the strategy for ongoing and accelerated growth. The delivery approach needed to have the greatest possible impact on staff in terms of engagement and knowledge transfer. How was this partnership built? in this first part of the research the philosophical and practical approaches including timelines applied by both parties and the steps of how the partnership was developed is discussed, from the initial interviews through to the developed successful partnership. The engagement to prepare and deliver this practically based real-time bespoke programme alongside the learnings will be described in later stages of the research as a series of publications

Keyphrases: collaboration, Management training, organisational learning, partnership

In: Marsha Lamb (editor). AUBEA 2017: Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference 2017, vol 1, pages 156--164

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