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Managing risk and uncertainty in an agile construction environment: application of agile building specialist model

Oyegoke, AS, Khalfan, MMA, McDermott, P and Dickinson, MT 2008, 'Managing risk and uncertainty in an agile construction environment: application of agile building specialist model' , International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM), 3 (3/4) , pp. 248-262.

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Abstract

The study focuses on managing risk and uncertainty in construction project due to the owner dissatisfaction in project outcome and dynamism within agile construction environment. The aim of the paper is to examine the agility gap created by risk and uncertainty in the supply chain processes through procurement routes. The paper identifies some areas in supply chain processes which are prone to greater risks and uncertainty and proposes an agile management principle based on the concept of integration and fragmentation in product development and execution processes respectively, resulting in agile specialists' involvement. The paper is based on extensive literature review and a comprehensive single case study of 3-office block complex in Finland. The paper concludes that the involvement of the agile specialists mitigates against risks and uncertainty, enhances the project quality and permits a modular approach to design that permits the use of experts' knowledge in design and construction. The proposed model serves as an agile management tool in preventing both predictable and unpredictable external and internal project changes through the early involvement of agile specialists and their integrated attributes in product development through to construction and project startup.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk management; agility; organisation; procurement; Finland; agile construction; expert knowledge; agile building specialists; construction projects; supply chain risk; supply chain uncertainty; supply chain management; SCM; agile management; product development; execution processes.
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM)
Publisher: Inderscience
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1741-9182
Depositing User: Professor Peter McDermott
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 10:12
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 11:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19342

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