Posted by JwmHarmon on February 12, 2004 at 08:16:48:
In Reply to: design issues posted by SKEKIKA on February 11, 2004 at 16:46:42:
In a similar train of thought:
I know of a local architect whose father owns a local construction company. When the architect solicits bids on proposed designs, what relationship or conflict is there with the father's construction company. Can the family members keep the business dealings separate from the family connections? Should the father's business refuse to bid on projects because the son is the architect? In a large city where there are numerous contracts available, this might not be an issue. In a smaller city where building construction contracts are relatively scarce, this could cause the father's business to suffer.
If the two companies truly keep their business dealings separate, will other bidders believe it? Will others refuse to bid if they know that the father's business is bidding on the son's architectural designs?
In this particular situation in my community, there were several construction companies that told the architect to guarantee that they would not be bidding against the father's company, or they would not submit a bid.
How do we handle business relationships with other companies with whom we have exceptionally close working relatinships?
In my business, I always point out to prospective clients any close relationship with other businesses up front. The prospective client can then decide whether they will consider this to be a problem.
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