Expanding Partnering's Horizons - The Challenge of Partnering in the Middle East - Dispute Resolution Journal - Vol. 59, No. 4
James Moore is a partnering facilitator and a licensed professional engineer. He has facilitated numerous partnering workshops over a period of 15 years. He has over 27 years of experience in public works projects. In 1999, he served as the Chief Engineer for the Base Camp Coordinating Agency in Kosovo. In 2001, he consulted with the Polish Government on the design, construction and repair of levee systems. He serves as an expert for hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste projects, and teaches a number of courses in this field. Mr. Moore is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Among the awards he has received are the deFleury and Army Achievement Medals. Mr. Moore can be reached by e-mail at moore.ptd.net.
Robert Shearer is a professor of management at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. A member of the Florida and Virginia bars, he is a certified state and federal court mediator and arbitrator. A frequent presenter at ADR conferences, he is also a partnering facilitator and consultant. For example, he served as a partnering consultant on the Boston Central Artery Tunnel project, state and federal highway projects in New York and California, a streetcar track relocation, flood control projects, military construction and facility maintenance. He can be contacted by phone at 251-460-7947 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally from Dispute Resolution Journal
Partnering is a valuable conflict management strategy for reconciling diverse objectives and meshing multi-party organizational cultures in complex public works projects in the United States. Abroad —especially in the volatile Middle East—there are even greater challenges as owners, contractors, local governmental authorities and other stakeholders are faced with cultural differences, escalating conflict and extraordinary risks. In the midst of the turmoil, however, there are reassuring examples of how multinational project management teams, committed to partnering, have used the partnering process to overcome obstacles and deliver successful projects.