Differentiating two types of learning in contract design: Evidence from the construction industry

Yu Wang, Yongqiang Chen, Wenqian Wang, Yinqiu Tang

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This research investigates the learning of inter-organizational contract design in greater depth. Two types of learning, i.e. learning from all past partnerships and learning from one specific partner, are distinguished in terms of their influence on the complexity of three different functions of the contract, namely control, coordination, and adaptation. Contract design capability and interorganizational routines are employed as mediators to explain the two types of learning respectively. Empirical tests using data from the Chinese construction industry reveal that there are significant indirect effects between partner-specific experience and contractual coordination, and between general partnership experience and all the three functions of the contract. This research contributes to the literature by providing more nuanced conclusions regarding the contract learning issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number1
Early online date2 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

User-Defined Keywords

  • Partnering experience
  • Organizational learning
  • Contractual complexity
  • Contractual functions
  • Contract design capability
  • Interorganizational routines


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