Planning and Implementation of Effective Collaboration within Construction




Project Overview

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In order to achieve the objectives of this project the following strategies and research methods will be adopted:

1) Use of published sources - through an extensive literature review to establish current ‘state-of-the-art’ practice on collaborative working, both in the construction and other industries.

2) Field studies - these will be conducted to establish current practice for collaborative working within collaborating organisations. These field studies will include questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and detailed case studies within the collaborating organisations to identify the requirements for collaborative working and the key issues to be considered at organisational, project and users levels.

3) Using a 'develop-test-refine' strategy (action research) - to perfect the methodology for effective collaboration. This is appropriate since this project is concerned both with developing real-life solutions and furthering the goals of ‘science’. Thus, the initial methodology will be developed, tested and refined to ensure that it is comprehensive and cost-effective.

The methodology for effective collaboration will consider organisational culture, project process and users’ requirements for the implementation of collaborative tools and techniques. Thus, both ‘soft’ (i.e. organisational and cultural) and ‘hard’ (i.e. technological) concepts and tools, will be adapted and combined to achieve the objectives of the research. The approach that is being proposed was chosen because of its relevance to the objectives of the research and current developments in the field of collaborative working in construction. Lessons from past research initiatives also suggest that the combined approach of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ is the most sensible approach to be adopted.